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Business incubation

Entrepreneurship promotion, business incubation and seed funding



Venture Center strives to nucleate and nurture technology and knowledge-based enterprises by leveraging the scientific and engineering competencies of the institutions in the “Pune region” in India. The Venture Center is a technology business incubator specializing in technology startups offering products and services exploiting scientific expertise in the areas of materials, chemicals and biological sciences & engineering. (Premnath, 2007 – current)

On 11 May 2016, Venture Center won the National Award for Technology Business Incubators for the year 2015. The award was given by the honorable President of India.


Innovation management

Technology commercialization and innovation management


  • NCL Innovations is resource center of NCL that supports, promotes and champions the cause of technology innovations within NCL. Key activities include building an eco-system for technology innovation, developing new routes to market and delivery mechanisms , setting up facilitating institutional mechanisms, resourcing etc (Premnath, 2007 – current)
  • The Intellectual Property Group at NCL is a service group that aims to help scientists and students strategize, protect, secure, valorize and extract value from intellectual property emerging out of their work while also championing the cause of inventions, inventors and the spirit of invention within NCL. This is probably India’s largest and most efficient patent filing group amongst non-profits. (Premnath, 2008 – current)
  • CSIR-Tech Pvt Ltd is a technology commercialization, spin-off and investment company. It facilitates the journey of scientific technology to a product/service by connecting technology providers and entrepreneurs/investor. It is a bold experiment to see if technology commercialization can be accelerated in India by leveraging entrepreneurial energies and private capital. (Premnath, 2011 – current)


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Gauging performance

Evaluating researchers and research institutions

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Strategies for the evaluation system (“ARP”) for 5000 CSIR researchers that help align research activities to institutional goals. Methodologies for evaluating the performance of publicly funded R&D institutions in India (Premnath, 2000 – 2004)


  • CSIR’s ARP system in use through most of the decade of 2000s
  • Report of the Kelkar Committee titled “Reinventing CSIR” – News