SGPGI-Lucknow-based STPI-MedTech Center of Entrepreneurship (CoE) launches Open Challenge Program 4.0 for Startups


Lucknow: Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) organized a one day conference and launched various programs for startups in Lucknow. The event was held at SGPGI’s Sir Hargovind Khurana Lecture Hall located in the state capital.  STPI organized a conference on the topic “Recent Advancements in Emerging Technologies”, in which STPI Noida Director, Dr. Rajneesh Aggarwal, Director, SGPGI, Dr. RK Dhiman, Dr. CM Pandey, Former Prof & Head, Department of Biostats, SGPGI, Lucknow,. Ankit Machar, Director – Ecosystem, Wadhwani Foundation, Sachin Sahni, President, Tie Lucknow, and Dr. Praveen Kumar Dwivedi – Joint Director and Officer-in-Charge STPI Lucknow were present. Startups, medical professionals, engineering students, researchers, entrepreneurs, etc. participated in the event.

Rajneesh Agarwal, Director, STPI Noida

During the welcome speech at the beginning of the program, all the dignitaries and visitors, participants were welcomed by Dr. Praveen Dwivedi, Officer-in-Charge, STPI Lucknow and it was also told that Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India is an autonomous organization . As a policy enabler, STPI is coming up with futuristic plans for technological advancements in future. Having a vision to transform India into a product nation, STPI is activating several initiatives under the recently approved “National Policy on Software Products” by the Government of India. To enable the Indian IT industry to meet the challenges of Industry 4.0 and build India’s leadership in emerging technology sectors such as IoT, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Augmented & Virtual Reality, Fintech, Medical Electronics, Health Informatics, Gaming & STPI is going to set up 21+ domain-centric Center of Excellence (CoE) in a collaborative manner across India in areas like Animation, Machine Learning, Data, Data Science & Analytics, Cyber Security, Chip Designing, ESDM etc. These CoEs will enable a pan-India vibrant tech startup ecosystem in the times to come.

STPI is working in 5 cities in Uttar Pradesh, out of which Noida, Lucknow, Kanpur, Meerut and Prayagraj and 4 IT parks across the state in Agra, Gorakhpur, Bareilly and Varanasi by STPI in collaboration with IT and Electronics Department, Government of Uttar Pradesh. are being installed.

STPI has also set up a Center of Entrepreneurship-MedTech in Lucknow in collaboration with SGPGI and Department of IT Electronics in the field of Medical and Health Informatics to provide world class facilities to the innovators/startups in this field. So far 25 startups are working on their products in this center.

Dr. RK Dhiman, Director, SGPGI-Lucknow, congratulated STPI for launching OCP 4.0 and said that new entrepreneurs can give new dimensions to the medical sector through the technology of early detection and prevention of diseases through emerging technology. Dr. C. M. Pandey said that the diagnostic sector in the medical field is a challenge which needs to be addressed by startups. Most diseases can be treated with early diagnosis.

Ankit Machar, Director Ecosystem Wadhwani Foundation told that Wadhwani Foundation is a philanthropic organization which has benefitted 1500 early stage start ups till date and also provided funding to 200 start ups so that start ups can create employment in India’s ecosystem.

Sachin Sahni, Chairman, TiE Lucknow, called upon the stake holders to volunteer in the ecosystem and also mentioned that job creation in India will not come from the government or big industry but from start-ups. India has major opportunities in the healthcare sector and emphasized on Startups creating world class medical products and resolved to support Startups community with STPI.

Technical sessions were organized in the next two sessions of the program, whose main themes were “Harnessing Digital Technologies for Inclusion and Accessibility” and “New opportunities in emerging technology in healthcare”. in the first session of which the President of TIE Lucknow Startup Ashish Kaul – Founder gave Technologies, Assistant Professor Dr. Niharika Anand from Triple IT, Joint Director of National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology-Lucknow Arun Mani Tripathi, Dr. Shubhendra Parihar from Jaipuria Institute of Management-Lucknow, Assistant Professor from IET Lucknow Dr. Parul Yadav through presentation Presented his lecture. In the second technical session, experts from the medical field, Prof. Shantanu Pandey – CVTS Department SGPGI, Dr. Sanjay Gambhir – Professor and Head Nuclear Medicine Department SGPGI, Dr. Faiz – Resident Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital Lucknow, Prof. CM Pandey, Dr. Alok Dhawan – Director Center for Bio Medical Research presented their views and Motivated the startups, researchers and students present to innovate and assured all possible help at individual and institute level and thanked STPI for organizing such events.

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