It was in May 2007 that CII created a platform for industry to interact with universities for knowledge sharing and catalyzing joint activities either collectively or bilaterally by setting up the University-Industry Council (U-I Council). The aim of the Council was to facilitate fruitful cooperation between universities and industry, essential for building and strengthening the human capital of India. The University-Industry Council had representation from heads of universities -- Central, state, deemed and open; senior members of industry; eminent educationists; education bodies such as UGC, AICTE and CII. In 2011, the U-I Council was enlarged into a University-Industry Congress.
Since 2007 nine in the series of University-Industry Council symposiums have been held in different parts of the country.
As an industry organization working closely with the government and academia to address their issues and concerns, in 2011, CII enlarged the scope of the University-Industry Council into AICTE-CII University-Industry Congress (referred to as U-I Congress) as a step in the direction of bridging the gap between academia and industry which is at the root of the employability problem. Both AICTE and CII have been undertaking various initiatives to improve academia-industry relations under the U-I Congress. U-I Congress strives to stimulate industry-academia collaborations through organization of workshops, global & national conferences, and regional seminars.