Kerala government has given green signal to a proposal of the state Startup Mission (KSUM) to accord sabbatical leave to the faculty members of all colleges who intend to establish startups. The new initiative would help members of the academic community in the state to become part of entrepreneurship.
According to the proposal, teachers can start their own startups, form their groups or join as founders/co-founders along with students. 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 initiative will greatly contribute to the government’s determined efforts to strengthen and accelerate the startup ecosystem through active participation of the teaching community. As per the proposal guidelines, faculty members can avail sabbatical leave with or without pay from their institutions. The scheme is open only to regular teachers of the institutions.