Sigma University, one of the leading institutions for higher education and research in Gujarat, hosted a grand event on February 3, 2024, to celebrate the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship among its students. The event was about fund distribution to 22 promising student startup ideas, in collaboration with Shaily Engineering Plastics Ltd. as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. These innovators have been selected from the ample number of applications received by the incubator center, based on selection criteria like novelty, social impact, and market potential.
The event was graced by the presence of Dr. Harsh Shah, President, of Sigma University, Dr. Jigar Patel, Managing Director, of Sigma University, Mr. Hasit Desai, Director start-up & incubation, Mr. Nirav Patel, Sr Manager Incubation, and Mr. Kiran Pradhan, the General Manager of HR, and Mr. Kamlesh Prasad, the HR Manager of Shaily Engineering Plastics Ltd., who handed over the cheques to the selected student entrepreneurs. They also delivered an inspiring speech on the importance of innovation and entrepreneurship for the development of the nation. Dr. Harsh Shah praised the efforts of Sigma University and its incubator center for nurturing and supporting the young talents. He also expressed his hope that the fund distribution would help the student startups to scale up their ventures and create a positive impact on the society.
The event also witnessed the felicitation of more than 50 students who received certificates for their innovative ideas. These students had participated in various competitions and hackathons organized by the incubator center and showcased their creativity and problem-solving skills. The certificates were presented by Mr. Kiran Pradhan, the General Manager of HR, and Mr. Kamlesh Prasad, the HR Manager of Shaily Engineering Plastics Ltd., who congratulated the students and encouraged them to pursue their dreams with passion and perseverance. He also thanked Shaily Engineering Plastics Ltd. for their generous support and collaboration.
The event also highlighted the remarkable achievement of the student innovators and students, who registered more than 50 patents for their inventions and innovations. The major patents were from the pharmaceutical field, which demonstrated the potential of the students to contribute to the health and well-being of the society. The event also witnessed a surprising and commendable feat by the students from the hospitality and tourism field, who patented their ideas and innovations for the first time. This showed the diversity and creativity of the student community and their ability to excel in various domains.
The event took an unexpected turn when the cast of the upcoming movie Lagan Special, starring Malhar Thakkar and Puja Joshi, arrived at the university for their movie promotions. The movie, directed by Rahul Bhole Vinit Kanojia, is a romantic comedy. The movie is slated to release on March 23, 2024.
The movie stars were warmly welcomed by the Sigma University heads and officials, who briefed them about the event and the fund distribution. The stars were impressed by the achievements of the student innovators and expressed their interest in meeting them and interacting with them. They also agreed to join the event and share their views on the movie and their experiences of working on it.
The event turned into a lively and interactive session, where the movie stars and the student entrepreneurs exchanged their thoughts and ideas on various topics. The stars also answered the questions of the audience and entertained them with their witty and humorous remarks. They also praised the university and its students for their excellence and innovation. They also urged the students to watch their movie and support their work.
The event concluded with a vote of thanks by Mr. Nirav Patel, the [designation] of Sigma University, who expressed his gratitude to all the guests, sponsors, partners, and participants for making the event a grand success. He also highlighted the achievements and activities of the incubator center and invited the students to join and benefit from its programs and facilities. He also announced that the incubator center would soon launch a new batch of incubation and acceleration programs for the aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators.
The event was a memorable and enriching experience for all the attendees, who witnessed the celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship at Sigma University. The event also showcased the potential and talent of the student community and the support and collaboration of the industry and the media. The event was a testament to the vision and mission of Sigma University, which is to foster a culture of excellence and innovation among its students and to contribute to the social and economic development of the nation.