Trivandrum: Kerala’s first incubation facility, the Technopark – Technology Business Incubator (TBI), which spearheaded the IT start-up revolution in the State, has won national recognition for the multitude of training programmes it organises to strengthen IT education, skill development, innovation and entrepreneurship.
The TBI has won a Special Commendation for the coveted Golden Peacock National Training Award instituted by the Institute of Directors (IOD) to recognise excellence in training at the organisational level.
Hrishikesh Nair, CEO of Technopark-TBI will receive the award at the Golden Peacock Awards ceremony at Thiruvananthapuram on May 23. Chief Minister Shri Oommen Chandy will be chief guest at the ceremony which will be held on the sidelines of the 24th World Congress on Total Quality & Leadership organised by the IOD on May 23-24.
“We are extremely proud of this achievement. It is, in fact, recognition of the collective effort by the Kerala government and the Technopark-TBI to bring in an IT entrepreneurship boom in the State,” said Hrishikesh.
Technopark TBI was started in 2006 and has incubated 195 companies so far. Its capacity building initiatives include a project facilitation centre, outreach programmes, training camps, e-learning courses, awareness programmes, the technopreneur workshop series, and training in software development, technology entrepreneurship and business incubation. The support network extends to school and college students, the research and academic community, IT professionals and entrepreneurs.
“Through the project facilitation centre, Technopark TBI has been providing training and project facilitation for students since 2002,” said K C Chandrasekharan Nair, MD of Technopark TBI. “Every year more than 300 student projects are undertaken at Technopark TBI, 30% of which are from electronics.”
Technopark TBI has established more than 35 Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Cells (IEDCs) in various engineering colleges in Kerala and is in the process of setting up IEDCs in polytechnics.
IOD’s Golden Peacock Awards, instituted in 1991, receive more than 1,000 entries in various categories from nearly 25 countries and cover public, private, non-profit, government, business, manufacturing and service sectors.
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Photo: Hrishikesh Nair, CEO of T-TBI; Dr. K C Chandrasekharan Nair, MD and the T-TBI team receiving the Special Commendation for the coveted Golden Peacock National Training Award 2014 from Kerala Chief Minister Shri Oommen Chandy in Thiruvananthapuram on May 23, 2014