The ‘Innovation cell’ and ‘Innovation lab’ at the College of Forestry Sirsi under the IDP program of UAS Dharwad were inaugurated on 9th April 2021. Inaugurating the facility Hon’ble Vice Chancellor of UAS Dharwad and the team leader of of IDP- UAS Dharwad, Dr M B Chetty opined that such facilities will go a long way in shaping the young minds towards innovation and creating start ups during their formative stages. The facility provides a boost to various activities of the students such as research inlish areas, Ideating regarding startups, market research, crystallization of niche-specific ideas for startups. Sri. B. P. Ravi, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Govt. of Karnataka and an alumnus of Forest College,Sirsi; Sri Yatish Kumar, Chief Conservator of Forests, Canara Circle, Prof. Vastrad, CEO, Section 8 company UAS Dharwad; Dean, College of Forestry Sirsi Dr H Shivanna; Sri Mirajkar, Procurement officer and the Administrative Officer of UAS Dharwad; Dr. Aravind, Nodal officer – Finance were present. Dr. R. Vasudeva, Nodal Officer, College of Forestry, introduced the guests and coordinated the activity. Students of College of Forestry, Sirsi who have undergone the Ideathon programme and startup culture training presented their ideas for start-up.