CXOtoday News Desk | November 09, 2015 |
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Digital India’ plan is taking shape, and in a big way. Impacting Research Innovation and Technology or Imprint India, as it is called, the project was recently launched in India last week in a major step to boost to scientific and technological research in the country. The President of India, Parnab Mukherjee launched the $150-million project, a joint initiative taken by Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institute of Science, is aimed developing a roadmap for research to solve major engineering challenges in 10 technology domains relevant to India. The project will serve as a catalyst to undertake research within India, and will focus on 10 themes, with each to be coordinated by one IIT or IISc, including Health Care (IIT Kharagpur), Computer Science and ICT (IIT Kharagpur), Water Resources and River systems (IIT Kanpur), Defence and Manufacturing (IIT Madras), among others. The IISc, Bengaluru will oversee joint research and development work in the field of environmental science and climate change.
Skill development is very essential for the success of “Make in India” initiative”, said Modi. “High risk and high investment are the hallmarks of drugs discovery”, the department said in a separate statement. “Heads of institutes of higher learning must work towards creating an innovation and research network that will produce entrepreneurs and nurture innovations”, Mukherjee said at the launch event. On the occassion, industrial Policy and Promotion Secretary Amitabh Kant said 3D machines and robots will drive manufacturing sector. ”Manufacturing companies will become digital companies in 10 years,” Industrial Policy and Promotion Secretary Amitabh Kant said while inaugurating the Bosch Smart Manufacturing Conclave. Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions president Vijay Ratnaparkhe said: “We believe that the use of intelligent and connected solutions in manufacturing will play an increasing role in India.”
Meanwhile, tech firm Bosch India signed a pact with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) for local research and innovations. The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed in the presence of President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhavan , the company said in a statement. “This partnership between industry and academia further enforces our ties with IISc and underlines our commitment towards local innovations, according to our slogan ‘Invented for life’. We expect to see positive results as we collaborate in research on areas of strategic interest, such as mobility, healthcare, energy and water,” Bosch Group India president Steffen Berns said in the statement. “With the MoU sign off, we look to engage in deeper research that will improve the quality of life in totality,” said IISc director Anurag Kumar. The prime minister, while speaking on the importance of industry-academia partnerships for innovative research and new technology development, said that it was important to look towards affordable technology. “Science is universal but technology has to be local.” He added that society is becoming technology-driven. It is important to understand the importance of this and look towards affordable technology. “We have to think about how our institutions can set up their own incubation centres to help the industries,” Modi said. – Courtesy / http://www.imprint-india.org/