Annual Industry and Academia Conference and Awards (2018)


The TechNext India 2018 Annual Industry and Academia Conference and Awards, brought to you by CSI - Mumbai Chapter will take place at Victor Menezes Convention Centre, IIT Bombay, Powai on 10th & 11th Feb 2018 during the TechNext India 2018 – Annual Industry and Academia Conference. The awards will recognize the very best in the Academics and reward the College, Principal, Professor & HOD, Industry aligned research and student project for significant contribution in the Acamedics.


Chairman Member
Dr. Pradeep Pendse
Fellow, CSI & Dean IT, Welingkar
Dr. S. S. Mantha
Formar Chairman, AICTE
Mr. Suresh Shan
CIO, Mahindra Finance
Mr. Mukesh Jain
CTO, VFS Global

Important critical Dates

Dates Event
25th December 2017 Award Launch, Entries Open
31st January 2018 Deadline for all entries
4th February 2018 Shortlists Announced
10-11 February 2018 Awards Ceremony

Award Categories

Annual Industry and Academia Awards

This category is open to Principals / Directors of the colleges / Institutes, who have spearheaded initiatives to enhance student performance, promote safe learning environments and establish partnerships between students and members of the industry as well as the social fabric around them.
The Category is open to Under Graduate or Post Graduate Teachers of the University or colleges who are Heads of the department (HOD) at the college level or University Departments and have played crucial role to promote academic activities by providing a platform for students, teachers from academia and experts from Industries to bridge the gap between them. He/She should have made significant contribution to promote the employable skill enhancement programmes for the students to strengthen the association with industry, Research Organisations, Government agencies etc. thus helping them to meet the objectives of the educational institutes at the national level.

Sub Category in the Award

  • Best Faculty - Innovative application of Technology Tools in Teaching/learning
  • Best Faculty - Contemporary Subjects/Courses
  • Best Faculty - Authoring Books on Contemporary Subjects
  • Best Faculty - Evangelizing and Contributing to Spread of knowledge across several institutions
  • Best Faculty - Specific Innovations - manifest in prototypes, patents etc 
  • Best Faculty - Published Research - where papers have been accepted in high ranking/indexed journals 
  • Best Faculty - Funded Research - either govt or industry funded research projects 
  • Best Faculty - Thought Leader award

The nominee for this award should have at-least 2 years full time teaching experience in the present Institution. He / She should have demonstrated innovative and outstanding teaching methodology. They should have the capability of mentoring and networking academia – industry programs for the symbiotic benefit of the stake holders in the institutions and the industry.
Contributions in research activity, Industrial Projects, organising conference, seminar, guest lectures etc in association with professional bodies or industrial organisations or active participation in similar programmes will be an additional quality.

Sub Category in the Award

  • Best Institute - Innovative pedagogical approaches and tools
  • Best Institute - Introduction of innovative new programs and courses 
  • Best Institute - Tech and Innovation ecosystem
  • Best Institute - Thought leadership Award

Best Institute Awards will be given to Colleges/ University Departments who have been instrumental in implementing most of the following:-
  • Introducing contemporary add-on courses relevant to the advancement of Computer & IT Education
  • Implementing Industry Academia Partnership
  • Introducing online courses such as MOOCS and Other Similar Programs.
  • Encouraging students for taking recognised certifications of International standards in various basic and advanced languages etc.
  • Encouraging faculties/students to undergo trainings through CSI
  • Consolidating and backing up CSI Student branches in their Institutions to hold meaningful programs/competitions/trainings as well as promoting inter college interaction between the student branches.
  • Encouraging Faculties & students to volunteer for CSI Programs like IT-2020, TechNext and other Conferences.
  • Colleges arranging facilities through sponsorships for economically under privileged students in their college.
N.B.:- colleges which cover larger number of activities listed above will stand a better chance.

The Category is open to Under Graduate or Post Graduate Teachers of the University or college.  He/She should have published or worked with Industry that can be categorized as Innovative use for industry. Researcher should submit in about 500 words how his/her research would add drive innovation in the industry. Any IPR related requirements needs to be addresses by the researcher before submitting the research for the award.
The Category is open to Under Graduate or Post Graduate Students. He/She should have completed a project that is significantly ready to use. Student should submit in about 500 words as how his project is unique and valuable
Best TPO award will be given to the TPOs who have good connect with the corporates. He must have done good campus recruitment and organized number of placement drives as well as assisted students in searching jobs even after placement interviews during the past. From training perspective, he should done or arranged good job oriented bridge trainings and certifications in the college in the past 2 academic year. All in all he should have tried innovative methods to get maximum number of student placed.