The Common Services Center (CSC) under the Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has partnered with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi to promote design and innovation among Village Level Entrepreneurs (VLEs).
As per the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), a design & innovation lab will be set up at the Department of Design, IIT Delhi for conducting research on design-led innovations related to leveraging livelihood and enhancing their all-round entrepreneurial outlook.
Known as ‘Design and Innovation in VLE’s Indigenous Network Ecosystem (DIVINE) Lab’, it will provide continuous research into the rural entrepreneurial ecosystem and design new products and services for the VLEs. It will also develop digital content for new skilling and education courses for VLEs.
“The Design Lab will benefit from IIT Delhi’s unparalleled expertise and experiences of hardened and creative VLEs who will bring hyper-local realities and challenges of delivering services to the partnership,” said Dr. Dinesh Tyagi, Managing Director, CSC SPV.
“We also hope some of the learnings from the field will permeate upwards to create knowledge around grassroots innovation by VLEs,” added Dr. Tyagi.
The aim of the DIVINE Lab is to bring the young talent of the country in contact with the village level entrepreneurs to co-create solutions for the local problems in villages using design and technology.
“I am hopeful this collaboration with CSC will support IIT Delhi students to access CSC’s network and identify problems in rural India. World-class research infrastructure and expertise available at IIT Delhi can be utilized to design and innovate optimal and sustainable solutions for rural problems through the wide network of Village Level Entrepreneurs (VLEs) across the country,” said Prof V. Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi.