IDE Bootcamp

The Department of School Education and Literacy (DoSEL), All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Ministry of Education's Innovation Cell (MIC), in collaboration with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), and the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT), recently organized an "Innovation, Design, and Entrepreneurship (IDE) Bootcamp." The event took place on 4th and 5th April 2024, with the Nodal Centre situated at AMC Engineering College, Bannerghatta Main Road, Bangalore.

The bootcamp commenced with an inauguration ceremony at 9:00 am on 4th April 2024 and concluded with a valedictory function at 05:30 pm on 5th April 2024. Over 300 participants, including students, teachers, and principals from various schools across India, attended the event. Additionally, there were 8 speakers scheduled for both days, providing insights on entrepreneurial topics such as startups, patents, idea generation, idea protection, funding processes, business incubators, resource management business arithmetic, and government schemes available for entrepreneurs.

One notable aspect of the event was its accessibility across multiple locations simultaneously. Through Zoom calls, CBSE board members addressed all the centres, enhancing the reach and impact of the bootcamp. However, while the event was beneficial for students up to grade 9, there was room for improvement in providing more in-depth information. Given the presence of teachers and students from higher grades, particularly 11 and 12, who often encounter similar content in their curriculum, a more nuanced and advanced level of discussion could have been included.

In conclusion, the IDE Bootcamp organized by DoSEL, AICTE, MIC, CBSE, and NCERT was a commendable initiative aimed at fostering innovation and entrepreneurship among students. With a diverse range of participants and insightful sessions, it served as a valuable platform for learning and collaboration. Moving forward, incorporating more advanced content tailored to the needs of higher-grade students could further enhance the impact and relevance of such initiatives.