Teachers can now take sabbatical to start-up in Kerala

Teachers can now take sabbatical to start-up in Kerala

Posted by Vivek Nama on October 24th 2017

The Kerala government has approved the state start-up apex body Kerala Startup Mission’s (KSUM) proposal to allow teachers to take a sabbatical leave and start their own start-ups along with students.

According to a statement made by government officials on October 21, 2017,  an expert panel, headed by KSUM CEO Saji Gopinath, will select 10 faculty members on a pilot basis for the implementation of the project. The current initiative has been taken in regards to bolster state’s start-up ecosystem and help and mentor entrepreneurs who intend to start their own start-ups.
 
The initiative will accord sabbatical leave to teachers who aspire to become entrepreneurs. Teachers can now either start their own start-up or can also join students.
Marking this as a unique initiative, M Sivasankar, State IT Secretary said, “this participation of teachers, with active support from college authorities and parents, will bring experience and responsibility in the start-ups.”

The initiative will contribute to the government’s determined efforts to strengthen and accelerate the start-up ecosystem through active participation of the teaching community.
 
As per the proposal guidelines, the scheme is open only to regular teachers of the institutions.
 
With regards to the non-payment or payment of reduced salary, the faculty member will be paid a fellowship of $769 (INR 50K) or last drawn salary whichever is lower during the period of sabbatical leave. The maximum duration of the fellowship is 24 months.
 

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