GU Vice-Chancellor Writes A Letter To Chief Minister Of Gujarat, Smt. Anandiben Patel

On September 16, 2015, Gujarat University Vice-Chancellor, Dr. MN Patel, wrote a letter to the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Smt. Anandiben Patel, informing her about Gujarat University’s efforts for startups & entrepreneurs, and highlighting the crucial role that the universities and the government together need to play in Gujarat’s startup ecosystem. The letter, that was personally delivered by the Vice-Chancellor, is reproduced in full below:

To,
Smt Anandiben Patel,
Hon. Chief Minister of Gujarat.

Subject: Fulfilling Prime Minister’s “Start Up India, Stand Up India” mission in Gujarat and the crucial role of universities for the same

Respected Madam,

It gives me pleasure to share with you that over the last few months, Gujarat University has taken significant steps to support and nurture student startups & entrepreneurs.

In the month of July, we established the Gujarat University Startups & Entrepreneurs Council (GUSEC), a university body that will develop and implement policies, frameworks and initiatives to support startups & entrepreneurs through interventions at several levels across the systems established at Gujarat University.

A few weeks ago, I convened a roundtable meeting of Vice-Chancellors of all public and private universities of the state of Gujarat at my university’s campus. The meeting was chaired by Hon. Minister of Education, Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, and a unique partnership between the state government and universities was discussed. A possibility of facilitating the support to encourage and create over 1,000 startups in Gujarat across its universities was also discussed in elaborate.

I’m glad to inform you that on the recommendations of the Hon. Minister, as a way-forward for the meeting, it was decided that a coordination team with representatives of universities and senior government officials will be formed to implement a common student startup policy for the state of Gujarat that will be applicable to all universities of Gujarat.

At Gujarat University, we have also taken a note of, and heartily appreciate the “Startup Assistance Scheme” proposed by the Finance Ministry of Gujarat under the leadership of Shri Saurabhbhai Patel. The same was discussed widely during the Vice-Chancellors’ roundtable and the coordination team will also find a way to integrate the said scheme as a part of the overall policy for its better implementation.

Today, India has the most number of youths for any country in the world, and every month, the country is in need of more than 10 lakh jobs. I am confident that supporting student startups & entrepreneurs is not only a way to create more jobs, but successful businesses in form of startups will only help our state’s economy to prosper, and more importantly, all the young students working with the startups will benefit by developing new skills.

I believe that as servants of the public, we have a responsibility to support and nurture student entrepreneurs and their startups, and the roundtable meeting that we organised reaffirmed that the only way that was possible was for the state government and the universities and other institutes of higher learning to work together.

Having already taken strides in the said matter, I request you to appoint Gujarat University as one of the empowered bodies to contribute to and implement the Prime Minister’s “Start Up India, Stand Up India” mission in our state of Gujarat.

Thanking you,

Dr. MN Patel
Vice-Chancellor,
Gujarat University

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GU Hosts Roundtable Meeting Of Stakeholders Of Gujarat’s Startup Ecosystem In Presence Of Hon. Minister Of Education

AHMEDABAD – September 3, 2015 – For the second time in two weeks, Hon. Minister of Education Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, visited Gujarat University and held a meeting regarding the Gujarat’s startup ecosystem.

On August 21, the state cabinet minister had chaired a roundtable meeting of Vice-Chancellors of Gujarat state to discuss a common startup policy for the state.

Today, the Minister attended a roundtable that was participated by student entrepreneurs as well as heads of incubators from Gujarat, along side top officials of the state government.

The challenges faced by startups as well as by incubators, and the need for a common policy for the state of Gujarat were elaborately discussed in the two-hour long meeting.

“The time has come that our students also strive to become job creators instead of job seekers and to support them, all universities will need to come together to make this possible,” remarked the education minister.

“The Prime Minister has taken on the mission of ‘Start Up India, Stand Up India’ and Gujarat state should become the role model in this regard,” said Bhupendrasinh Chudasama.

Stressing on the importance of all stakeholders working together to build a common startup policy for the state, the minister added, “The time has come that our students also strive to become job creators instead of job seekers and to support them, all 40+ universities of Gujarat must come together to make this possible.”

“It is also crucial as to how we can ensure all the policies and initiatives can be accessed by rural and social entrepreneurs,” remarked Bhargavi Dave, the District Development Officer of Ahmedabad.

The meeting saw fruitful and productive engagement from present young entrepreneurs, as they not only discussed the challenges they faced, but also praised the government’s and Gujarat University’s constant push in order to build a sustainable startup ecosystem that benefits all stakeholders.

“There must be a way to make people aware about all such schemes and initiatives,” noted Viral Shah, an Ahmedabad-based entrepreneur, as several suggestions regarding a comprehensive online portal that connects startups with incubators, experts, government officials as well as other stakeholders, were made by participants.

Dr. MN Patel, Vice-Chancellor of Gujarat University, said, “We will ensure that we continue to take more such initiatives and work with all stakeholders as we go ahead in leading this startup movement of Gujarat.”

“As you all are the stakeholders of this ecosystem, I invite you all to propose the necessary actions that need to be taken in this regard, and I will ensure those actions are taken,” the education minister had said as he concluded his own address earlier during the meeting.

Full Text: GU VC Dr. MN Patel’s Address To All Vice-Chancellors Of Gujarat At VC Roundtable Hosted By GU

The following is the full text of the speech of Dr. MN Patel, Vice-Chancellor of Gujarat University, delivered during the VC Roundtable hosted by GU on August 21, 2015. The meeting was chaired by Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, Hon. Minister of Education of Gujarat.

Dear all,

I thank the Hon. Minister Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, all the esteemed Vice-Chancellors and respected state government officials to take time off their busy schedules to attend this meeting.

Over the last few months, I have met many stakeholders of Gujarat’s entrepreneurship ecosystem and I am amazed at the kind of work that our youth are doing through their startups.

It was surprising to see that many of the problems that these young entrepreneurs are facing are very easy to solve if proper mentorship and support is provided.

What was more surprising was that nothing is being done at an official capacity to help or even recognise the hard work and efforts of these young student entrepreneurs, who are running businesses while pursuing their higher education.

However, all around the world, like in Silicon Valley in United States, or in Waterloo in Canada, or in Japan or in Australia, the best systems for supporting and nurturing startups & young entrepreneurs are operating successfully around universities in a sustainable manner.

In India, however, whatever little policies or frameworks that exist for supporting student entrepreneurship have been developed only for centralised institutions like IIMs and IITs.

But more than 90% of our students study in decentralised systems, through institutes affiliated to universities like Gujarat University and GTU.

To support our own student startups & entrepreneurs at Gujarat University, we established the “Gujarat University Startups & Entrepreneurs Council (GUSEC)”, but we know that is not enough.

In Gujarat there are close to 15 lakh students across more than 40 universities. Did you know that more than 180 countries in the world have less population than 15 lakh, and some of these countries include UAE, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Singapore, New Zealand, Ireland, Luxembourg, etc.

Why can’t all universities work together with the state government to form a common policy and common frameworks to support and nurture student startups & entrepreneurship?

Today, India needs to create more than ten lakh jobs every month and there is already a huge deficit in the number of jobs the country is creating.

This problem will continue to increase every passing day, and encouraging students to take up the path of entrepreneurship is one way we can create a lot many jobs.

It is said that at an average a successful startup can create over 100 direct or indirect jobs over five years. What if Gujarat was to create 1000 successful startups every year? Is that not possible, given that we have more than 15 lakh students?

More importantly, it does not take a lot to support startups given that we have the resources and the infrastructure to do that. Besides encouragement and recognition, we need to make our infrastructure accessible to startups so that they have a place to work, and a lab to experiment at low or no cost.

Around the developed world, students start innovating early at the age of 18-19 and before they turn 30, they get more than 3 chances at three different ventures and in all likeliness, at least one of those 3 turns out to be successful. In India, however, students only dream to startup after 23-24 and by that time, they get barely 2 chances before they turn 30. But if universities start encouraging their students to startup, a lot can change.

And yes, not every student wants to be an entrepreneur and yes, not every entrepreneur will be successful. But you all will agree that the experience of starting an own business infuses the students with enough skills to make him worthy of a job, with a big, fat paycheque.

And just like every student cannot be a sportsperson, every student will not be an entrepreneur. But the privileges and recognition that is extended to aspiring and excelling sportspersons in our campuses, can’t the same be extended to deserving student entrepreneurs?

Even Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has now said India needs to be #1 in startups. The role to be played by us as universities to make Startup India, Standup India a success is very crucial.

The purpose of today’s meeting is to have a productive discussion and decide on a way-forward agenda on how the state government of Gujarat and all universities can work together on this front and help our future business tycoons do better.

Thank you.

State Government & Universities of Gujarat Take Lead In Implementing Prime Minister’s “Start Up India, Stand Up India” Mission

Gujarat University proposes a unique partnership between state varsities and the government, and discuss the possibility of facilitating the creation of over 1000 student startups in a year

On Friday, August 21, 2015, the Vice-Chancellor of Gujarat University, Dr. MN Patel, hosted a meeting of Vice-Chancellors of all public and private universities of Gujarat. The meeting was chaired by Hon. Minister of Education, Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasama.

The crucial role of state government and universities to support student startups & entrepreneurship was discussed by all attendees, which included senior-most government officials including the Commissioner for Higher Education, District Development Officer (Ahmedabad), over 25 Vice-Chancellors / representatives of universities, amongst others.

Considering the recent boom in startups & entrepreneurs across the country and the rising job crunch, Gujarat University proposed an equal partnership between the state government and all universities of Gujarat to develop common policies, frameworks and mechanisms to support and nurture student startups & entrepreneurs.

“The state government and my ministry will take all necessary steps to make this possible. You are all experts in this domain and I request you to guide me to take this forward,” firmly remarked Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, state cabinet minister for Education, before starting his address to the attendees.

Speaking about the pivotal role of universities and state government in supporting student startups & entrepreneurs, Vice-Chancellor of Gujarat University Dr. MN Patel said, “All around the world, like in Silicon Valley in United States, or in Waterloo in Canada, or in Japan or in Australia, the best systems for supporting and nurturing startups & young entrepreneurs are operating successfully around universities in a sustainable manner.”

“In Gujarat, we have close to 15 lakh students in higher education. Did you know more than 180 countries have a population of less than 15 lakhs, and some of these countries include UAE, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Singapore, New Zealand, Ireland, Luxembourg, etc? It is said that at an average a successful startup can create over 100 direct or indirect jobs over five years. What if Gujarat was to create 1000 successful startups every year? Is that not possible, given that we have more than 15 lakh students?,” Dr. Patel said.

Dr. Patel asked, “Why can’t all universities work together with the state government to form a common policy and common frameworks to support and nurture student startups & entrepreneurship?”

Citing the Prime Minister’s “Startup India, Standup India” mission, the attendees discussed a strategies to make Gujarat the #1 state in student startups.

Minister of Education Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasama lauded efforts of Gujarat University and others in this area and suggested creation of a coordination committee with representations of the state government, universities, chambers of commerce, and experts from several fields, that shall implement a common student startup policy for Gujarat.

“I am happy that such a meeting has been organised by Gujarat University, and I believe that the state government should take a lead to incorporate such idea to materialise.”

Also discussed during the meeting was the “Startup Scheme” developed by the Industries ministry of Gujarat where in a grant of over Rs. 10 lakh for at least 500 startups of Gujarat was approved by the Gujarat government recently. A stipend of Rs. 10,000 per month for each entrepreneur for a period of one year is also provisioned in the Startup Scheme.

Mr. Sunil Parekh, one of the members of the team that drafted the Startup Scheme was also present at the roundtable, and explained the scheme in detail to the attendees present. “The implementation of the Startup Scheme is to be done by ‘nodal institutions’ and universities can play a crucial role by applying to become a nodal institute,” explained Mr. Parekh.

The meeting was concluded with the decision of expediting the creation of the coordination team to implement the common student startup policy. The team will have significant representations of the universities; education, finance and industries ministries of the state; the industries chambers’; other significant actors from the entrepreneurial ecosystem such as incubators, startups, as well representations from the civil society and the student community.

GU To Host Education Minister & All Vice-Chancellors Of Gujarat In A Top-Level Meeting Regarding Startups & Entrepreneurs

Today, Gujarat University’s Vice-Chancellor Dr. MN Patel invited Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, the Hon. Minister of Education, for a round-table meeting of Vice-Chancellors of all public and private universities of the state of Gujarat.

The invitation was personally handed over by a delegation of the Vice-Chancellor, led by the Registrar of the university. The Hon. Minister has confirmed his presence and will chair the meeting.

The meeting has been scheduled for August 21st.

Because most startups are created by individuals during their years of college or a few years after that, the role of universities in building and nurturing an entrepreneurship culture is extremely crucial. The VC round-table will be an opportunity for all universities and the government of Gujarat to discuss and deliberate on ways to work together in order to make a significant difference and to propel the cause and the movement of entrepreneurship further.

The invitation letter is published as follows, verbatim:

August 11, 2015

To,
Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasama,
The Hon. Minister of Education,
Government of Gujarat,
2nd Floor, Swarnim Sankul 1,
Sachivalaya, Gandhinagar.

Subject: Invitation to a meeting of Vice-Chancellors of public and private universities of Gujarat on matters of startups & entrepreneurship

Respected Sir,

Gujarat University is taking necessary and concrete steps to institute a startup and entrepreneurship culture in over 300 institutes and 3.5 lakh+ students affiliated to the university.

Last month, for this matter, we constituted the ‘Gujarat University Startups & Entrepreneurs Council’ (GUSEC) and have taken significant strides in the matter.

In such times of unstable economy and unemployment, startups & entrepreneurs will help us create more jobs, thus helping India stabilise its economy. The job of giving full support to these startups and entrepreneurs is the responsibility of public institutions including universities.

Most of the startups are formed during college years or a few years after college, and hence, universities of higher learning have a crucial role to play, alongside that of the state government.

To elaborately discuss how universities of Gujarat can work with the government of Gujarat, and how together we can support and nurture startups and entrepreneurs, I take this opportunity to invite you to attend and chair the meeting of Vice-Chancellors of public and private universities of Gujarat.

We plan to conduct this meeting during the third / fourth week of August at Gujarat University campus, and I request you to provide a convenient date and time from your busy schedule in order for us to arrange the meeting as per your convenience.

Thanking you,
Dr. M. N. Patel
Vice-Chancellor,
Gujarat University

Vice-Chancellor Writes A Letter To Education Minister, Requests To Appoint GU As A Nodal Body For Student Startups & Entrepreneurship

Today, Vice-Chancellor Dr. MN Patel wrote a letter to the state Education Minister, Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, requesting the education ministry to appoint Gujarat University as one of the empowered bodies to frame and institute policies, mechanisms and systems to support and nurture student startups and entrepreneurs for all universities and higher education institutes of the state of Gujarat.

The letter was handed to the Hon. Minister personally by a delegation of the Vice-Chancellor, led by the Registrar of the University. The full letter is published as follows, verbatim:

August 11, 2015

To,
Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasama,
The Hon. Minister of Education,
Government of Gujarat,
2nd Floor, Swarnim Sankul 1,
Sachivalaya, Gandhinagar.

Subject: Appoint Gujarat University as one of the empowered bodies to frame and institute policies, mechanisms and systems to support and nurture startups and entrepreneurs for all universities and higher education institutes of the state of Gujarat

Sir,

Taking note of the “Gujarat Industrial Policy” of the Government of Gujarat released in January 2015 that aims to support startups, Gujarat University has undertaken several steps in order to make Gujarat a leading startup state of the country.

Earlier in July, we established the ‘Gujarat University Startups & Entrepreneurs Council’ (GUSEC), after holding numerous discussions with my officials, entrepreneurs, incubators and other external stakeholders. The council will be Gujarat University’s official body to support startups and entrepreneurs.

Through University corpus funds, I have allotted a budget of Rs. 20 lakh to build a co-creation centre under ‘GUSEC’ in Gujarat University main campus, and have appointed a faculty member as incharge of GUSEC. We have started this council with the aim of allowing GU students to run and operate it, with the absolute cooperation and support of university staff and myself.

I have also asked principals and heads of all GU-affiliated institutes to appoint a GUSEC Faculty Coordinator in order to expedite the several initiatives we have planned for the benefit of students.

During the interaction of Hon. Minister of Finance, Shri Saurabh Patel, with startups and entrepreneurs at AMA regarding Gujarat’s new startup policy that took place last month, I was present in the audience and appreciate the efforts of the state government in this direction.

Because most of the startups and entrepreneurs are born in colleges or a few years after graduation, I believe that universities and all institutes of higher learning have a very crucial role to play when it comes to building an entrepreneurial culture in the state of Gujarat and in order to allow more startups to be created and to nurture them, a combined effort of all related parties is a must, with institutes of higher learning including universities at the centre of the ecosystem.

As we at Gujarat University have already started working in this direction, I would like to propose that Gujarat University, the oldest university in the state of Gujarat, is appointed as one of the empowered bodies to frame and institute policies, mechanisms and systems to support and nurture startups and entrepreneurs for all universities and institutes of higher learning of the state.

Supporting startups and entrepreneurs through policies will not only push the “Make In India”, “Skill India” and “Digital India” campaigns undertaken by Union Government of India under the aegis of the Hon. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, but these initiatives will also help us create significantly more number of jobs and improve the nation’s economy in a considerably better manner than existing systems.

It is said that one entrepreneur can create over 100 direct and indirect jobs over a decade, and given the rising job crunch in the country, supporting student entrepreneurs and giving them a chance to be job creators seems like the ideal thing to do, as caretakers of the education system.

Thanking you,

Dr. MN Patel
Vice-Chancellor,
Gujarat University

Key Take Aways From Vice-Chancellor’s Meeting With Principals Of Science Colleges & Heads Of GU Departments

On Thursday, August 6, 2015, Gujarat University Vice-Chancellor Dr. MN Patel called a meeting of heads of all departments of Gujarat University, as well as principals / heads of all science institutes of Ahmedabad, affiliated to Gujarat University. GUSEC coordinators appointed by these departments and institutes were also present during the meeting.

This meeting was a follow up meeting to the letter the Vice-Chancellor had written to all principals of GU affiliated institutes letter the Vice-Chancellor had written to all principals of GU affiliated institutes earlier in July.

In a meeting that lasted well over two hours, the heads and their coordinators of the institutes and the departments were briefed regarding GUSEC, the university’s and the Vice-Chancellor’s vision, as well as way forward agenda.

The Vice-Chancellor and his team stressed on the importance of cooperation from administrative and academic staff of the institutes and departments of Gujarat University and discussed several points for the way-forward agendas, and gave the attendees an opportunity to discuss possible challenges.

Key take aways from the discussions:

  • Focus on around 100 student startups during the initiation, who should be provided all possible support extensions that GUSEC can
  • Simultaneously, carry out sensitisation programs in order to inspire as many students as possible to take up the route of entrepreneurship
  • Prepare case studies of existing and alumni Gujarat University entrepreneurs and publish the same on GUSEC’s website
  • Case studies of unsuccessful initiatives and startups should also be published in order to help students not make the same mistakes again
  • Gujarat University should recognise and endorse student startups in order to enhance the credebility of student startups
  • Proper supervision from faculty coordinators can help nurture an entrepreneurship culture and ensure that the aid reaches the right students
  • Focus on need-based research in order to match the industry needs and student skills.

The heads of institutes and departments as well the coordinators were briefed regarding their roles and responsibilities and discussions regarding ways of communicating between GUSEC’s Operational Team and GUSEC Institute Coordinators were also held.

The Vice-Chancellor concluded the meeting by sharing that it was his dream to constitute a dynamic agency such as GUSEC in the state’s oldest university and asked for the cooperation of all present attendees.

A similar meeting with the principals of other GU affiliated institutes of Ahmedabad zone is expected to be conducted in the next few weeks, soon after which meetings with principals of other zones of GU affiliated institutes will be conducted in a similar fashion.

A “Wish List”: GU Entrepreneurs Discuss Their Challenges & Wishes Regarding GUSEC With The Vice-Chancellor

AHMEDABAD – July 16, 2015 – Over twenty-five entrepreneurs of Gujarat University who met the Vice-Chancellor of Gujarat University, Dr. MN Patel, today shared the following points, regarding the challenges faced by student entrepreneurs while studying in institutes of higher learning.

The Vice-Chancellor through the GUSEC team will consider and implement policies and reforms to fulfill the following “wish list”.

  1. Much of the startup policies and terminologies in India are biased towards the Engineering and Management students, and there should be a platform where startups and entrepreneurs from even the non-technical fields can be nurtured.
  1. Student entrepreneurs should be given an option to sit in deferred placements, where in they can pursue their entrepreneurial adventures during college and after graduation, but go back to the institute’s or department’s placement pool in case their venture does not succeed.
  1. A policy should be in place where startups could get their staff salaries subsidised.
  1. There is dire need of mentoring from the revenue model point of view, because students who are willing to take up their idea are passionate and are not introduced to the real world challenges and business problems, such mentoring from the existing entrepreneurs would help them establish a proper business and eventually, earn more, and succeed.
  1. The university should create a network of students who are interested in internships. University’s startups can then have access to a wide range of talent pool through these student interns.
  1. The existing GUSEC website, which is quite inclusive, should be made open for ideas and a regular magazine/newsletter from the website should be put on place. Taking such simultaneous steps the ecosystem could be promoted easily.
  1. Academics is not much entrepreneur friendly and hence, a proper academic support is needed from the university which would bond the students who are experts from the respective fields which in turn would help achieve a complete solution to a problem.
  1. There is a need of an institution that goes on without dependencies on any factors, and GU itself has got vast startup pool of students dating back 60 years. Including GU startups from all walks of life would make the network stronger.
  1. GUSEC must have a mentoring team comprising of the HR, Finance, Technical and Legal teams which can help transform an idea into startup. It should be clubbed with a screening system to filter out the ideas.
  1. Any startup is not purely based on technical and non-technical aspects but it’s an idea. Creation of a platform where students could bring up an idea and provided with support will be ideal.
  1. The University must provide a way to handle governmental paperwork, like setting up a company, filing taxes or registering for patents. A one-stop solution from the university for all governmental paperwork and permission must be set up.
  1. One thing observed in silicon alley is free flow of innovation and talent. Anybody can have idea but the real challenge is the closed doors of the institutions. A student having an idea must be allowed free flow of information and innovation from the different institutions across the state and beyond.

Gujarat University Vice-Chancellor Meets Founders Of 25 Startups, Discusses Need Of Student Entrepreneurs & Promises Full Support

AHMEDABAD – July 16, 2015 – Today, Dr. MN Patel, the Vice-Chancellor of Gujarat University, met over twenty-five student entrepreneurs of different startups in an interaction session regarding student startups and entrepreneurs. The interaction lasted well over ninety minutes.

On July 13, 2015, the Vice-Chancellor had written a letter to all principals of Gujarat University, asking the institutes to send information regarding student entrepreneurs in their campuses. This after the University had formally established Gujarat University Startups & Entrepreneurs Council (GUSEC), a University body to support student startups and entrepreneurs.

“After we announced about our intentions to support student entrepreneurs and startups, my office itself got several calls from entrepreneurs inquiring about the same. Keeping that in mind, we decided to have a meeting with all such entrepreneurs in order to understand their needs and involve them in the decision-making process around GUSEC,” said Dr. MN Patel.

During the interaction, the Vice-Chancellor and his team shared their vision and key plans to support student startups and entrepreneurs.

The entrepreneurs in turn discussed and voice the most important challenges they faced as they handled a startup while being a student.

“There should be regular system in place where the existing startups could come to campuses and interact with the students to create awareness,” said Arastu Zakia, an entrepreneur.

The student entrepreneurs also asked to share their views and expectations they would have from a co-working space. The University, through GUSEC, is planning to kick-start a co-working space for entrepreneurs. A location for the same has already been identified, and a budget of Rs. 20 lakh has been allotted for the same.

“GUSEC Network Of Entrepreneurs” – a network of student and alumni entrepreneurs of Gujarat University was also discussed during the meeting. The network will not only serve as a comprehensive list of GU entrepreneurs, but will also allow entrepreneurs to help each other and gain mentorship support from successful entrepreneurs. GUSEC also plans to regularly organise comprehensive meetups of the network.

The University’s plan to allow students to be the fundamental operators of GUSEC was also discussed and lauded by the entrepreneurs.

“This is a great initiative, we never knew we could reach the VC sir so easily, it is great to see him taking such concrete steps. This will certainly boost the number of startups from the University,” said Shruti Chaturvedi, a recent-graduate from St. Xavier’s College and an entrepreneur.

“We wish to make this system autonomous and run by students. Students understand the needs of this system better so they should be the operators. We are here to guide and support them,” added Dr. Patel.

The University has already called for interested entrepreneurs and students to join the GUSEC team through GUSEC’s website.

The interaction session was concluded by making a wish-list of student entrepreneurs. The Vice-Chancellor promised the entrepreneurs to bring in policies and reform in order to fulfil the wish-list.

Vice-Chancellor Writes A Letter To All GU Principals Regarding GUSEC

On July 13, 2015, Dr. MN Patel, Vice-Chancellor of Gujarat University, wrote the following letter to principals of all Gujarat University-affiliated institutes regarding GUSEC. A copy of this letter was also delivered to all heads of Gujarat University departments on July 12, 2015.

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Subject: Urgent information required for “Gujarat University Startups & Entrepreneurs Council” (GUSEC).

Dear principals,

The state of Gujarat has always been known for its entrepreneurship spirit and culture. Off late, we have seen many students who have started businesses and enterprises and have been able to cultivate brands, while studying in colleges.

Today, India needs more than 10 lakh jobs per month, but during the last financial year of 2014-15, the country made less than 5.5 lakh jobs. This is the time when we need to encourage our students to become job creators and not job seekers.

After having numerous discussions with entrepreneurs, policymakers, government officials, and several other stakeholders about the need to support our student entrepreneurs and startups, I am pleased to share with you that we are now formally setting up the ‘Gujarat University Startups & Entrepreneurs Council’ (GUSEC), a university body that will ensure student startups and entrepreneurs of Gujarat University are provided adequate and all-round support from the university

However, the inputs of the University are not enough if we are to provide equal and fair opportunities to all our students. Cooperation and inputs of your institute is also a must. In that regard, I ask you to do the following at an urgent basis:

  1. Provide a list of present or past (last three years} students from your institute who are pursuing some business or entrepreneurship Endeavour of their own. This includes entrepreneurs who are building a product-company, a service-company, a brand, or a product or process that the student wishes to patent. This list must contain the name of the student, the name of the student’s business, email address and contact number.
  2. Appoint a “GUSEC Faculty Coordinator” from your institute and furnish their name, designation, phone number and email address. The Coordinator must be a member of your institute’s faculty, have a zeal for entrepreneurship and innovation, and s/he will be the point of contact for GUSEC-related activities at your institute.

I request you to provide the above-mentioned information before the end of Thursday, July 18, 2015.

You may send the information via email to <masked-email>@gusec.org. Please be sure to mention your college name in the email. More information about GUSEC can be found at www.gusec.org.

Thanking you,

Dr. MN Patel