Chandigarh offers sops to start-ups filing patents, creating infrastructure: News Kidda

Tribune News Service

Dushyant Singh Pundiru

Chandigarh, September 26

To promote entrepreneurship in the mobility of electric vehicles (EV) in the UT, startups that register national and international patents are reimbursed up to 50 percent of the costs.

The start-up costs and all other costs associated with the registration of IP rights (intellectual property) are subject to a maximum of Rs 2 lakh for national IP rights and Rs 5 lakh for international IP rights.

Eligibility criteria to get an incentive

  • Startups must be registered with Startup India with a valid certificate from Center
  • Startups must be located in Chandigarh
  • Must offer product/services/USP in EV sector/ecosystem
  • Scheme benefits not to be regarded as a right
  • CREST reserves the exclusive right to accept/deny applications

To offer short-term courses

  • Admn is focused on boosting skills development, training and job creation as electric vehicle production and maintenance requires skilled labor
  • Will promote industry-led e-Mobility Center of Excellence for advanced electrical and automotive research in collaboration with leading institutions/angel networks/industrial units
  • Short-term courses on e-mobility, EV equipment, repair and maintenance, battery production and maintenance, to be implemented by the Education and Transport Departments

However, the incentive will only be given to the first 10 eligible patents, according to the Electric Vehicle (EV) policy recently announced by the UT administration to make Chandigarh a “Model EV City” by one of the highest penetration of Zero Emission Reach Vehicles (ZEVs) among all Indian cities by the end of the five-year policy period.

Aiming at stimulating research and innovation in electric mobility and promoting entrepreneurship in space, the UT would support the objectives through the development of entrepreneurship and for that purpose, electric vehicle start-ups would be encouraged with incentives, an official said. .

When developing infrastructure, the UT will award Rs 3,000 per seat (for training) monthly with a maximum incentive of Rs 18,000 per month only for the first 10 zero-emission mobility startups for the policy period.

To take advantage of the incentive, the startups must be registered with Startup India with a valid certificate from the Government of India. Only starters who are established at the UT are eligible for this scheme.

Also, only those start-ups that have their product/services/USP in the EV sector/ecosystem can reap the benefits. However, the benefits of this arrangement are by no means considered a right and the Chandigarh Renewal Energy and Science & Technology Promotion Society (CREST), the hub for the implementation of the EV policy, reserves the exclusive right to accept applications or reject it.

In addition to encouraging startups, the UT administration will promote the industry-led e-Mobility Center of Excellence (CoE) for advanced electrical and automotive research in collaboration with leading academic institutions/angel networks/industry partners in Chandigarh.

With this policy, the UT administration also wants to boost skills development, training and job creation, as the production and maintenance of electric vehicles requires a skilled labor force, which is different from conventional cars.

To ensure a smooth transition to electric mobility, the UT will make extra efforts to develop skills in electric vehicles.

For this, short-term courses on Electric Mobility, Electric Vehicle Equipment (EVSE), Repair and Maintenance, Battery Manufacturing and Maintenance will be developed and introduced by the Education Department in conjunction with the Transport Department, Chandigarh.

As such, colleges will offer two-week courses on electric vehicle awareness for skills upgrading. The Chandigarh Administration, in conjunction with relevant/interested Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and service providers, will develop skills enhancement centers to deliver vocational training courses on the EV ecosystem. The skills improvement centers are aimed at training internal combustion engine (ICE) technicians/personnel in repair and maintenance of EVs and charging stations.

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