Experts share tips for making ‘Atmanirbhar’ India using science and technology.
Jaipur, May 30. Experts shared tips for making ‘Atmanirbhar’ (self-reliant) India using science and technology during the inaugural session on Saturday of two-day Rajasthan STRIDE virtual conclave organized by the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of Rajasthan.
Smt Mugdha Sinha, Secretary, DST, Government of Rajasthan, said that it was the first of its kind of virtual conclave. Explaining about the acronym STRIDE, she said
S stands for Science, Society & Start-Ups;
T for Technology, Transfer of Technology & Biotechnology;
R for Research;
I for Intellectual Property Rights, Industrial Design & Innovation;
D for Design, Drones & Development and
E for Engineering & Entrepreneurship.
She as moderator of the inaugural session welcomed the eminent speakers including Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, DST, Government of India; Dr Renu Swarup, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Government of India and Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, Secretary, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DIPIIT), Government of India by giving a virtual bouquet.
Shri Ravi Gupta, Founder, and CEO, Elets Technolmedia Pvt Ltd, gave a brief introduction about the speakers.
Prof Sharma said India could become self-reliant with quality and being globally competitive and not by ‘jugaad’. He said science and technology would lead India towards making ‘Atmanirbhar’.
He stressed on research and development (R&D), invention, innovation, prototype, start-up, market, and industry will have come together. He said, “India is not lagging in R&D as India is number three in the world with publishing research papers in journals. The problem is the R&D is not going to the market.”
He said the positive point of India is its young workforce, which is to fuse energy (youth) with experience (older people). The market is massive, and diversity is a significant strength, it would be better if it is understood and leveraged faster and better. He also told of the importance of Data. “We are living in the age of Data, and it is a precious commodity. Digital technology is worthless without data,” Prof Sharma added.
Secretary, DST, Government of India, said, “Confidence is crucial, without which most of the scientists become a follower.” He said teachers and parents should see that children do not lose confidence. He also stressed on industry and academia work together. Technology and product should match the priority of people. Most of the science fails if not connected with society and humanity, he said.
Dr Renu Swarup, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Government of India sharing the department’s achievements, said it started with single-investigator, single-institute, single-agency, and single-project and today moved to multi-investigator, multi-institute, multi-agency, and multi-projects.
She said the preparedness of the ecosystem gave the opportunity for solutions for many problems. Many start-ups came up 15 days of the pandemic, and there were 500 solutions to expend help during the COVID-19, including tracking, testing kit, etc. Testing kits initially were being imported, but now 30 lakh kits are being made per month, and by June 100%, indigenous kits will be made as per the requirement.
Dr Swarup too, added that soon India would be Atmanirbhar in each component. She said start-ups became innovative instead of followers, thus becoming sustainable. The world is looking at India as a manufacturing hub.
Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, Secretary, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DIPIIT), Government of India, spoke about the Start-Up policy. He informed the Government of India is considering providing Seed Money and starting a Credit Guarantee scheme to help those coming up with Start-Ups.
He said that many Start-Ups are making quality products at part with multinational companies, but they do not get the market to sell them. He suggested the state and center should provide space in government outlets to promote them.
Dr Mohapatra said that e-commerce companies are fast emerging and developing sector. They have moved from metros to tier-I and tier-II cities offering goods and services. He said, “To evolve a policy on e-commerce, work is on a draft which will be put on the public domain to take feedback and suggestions from people and then the policy will be announced.”
When the corona pandemic started in India, there were only 17,000 ventilators and demand for 70,000 within two months. Now Start-Up companies have started manufacturing it. Similarly, Personal Protection Kit (PPE) till March-end imported, but now more than 600 companies have started manufacturing PPE and N95 masks.
Post lunch sessions witnessed two-panel discussions on opportunities in science journalism and on research and opportunities in basic sciences.
All the experts replied to the questions asked by the audience.
Source: DIPR Press Release