New Delhi: The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) organised a workshop titled ‘DRDO-Academia Interaction for Achieving Leadership in Future Technologies’ here on 13 November. The workshop was aimed to leverage the academic expertise available in the country and increase the synergy with academia. Various ideas were discussed to explore new horizons of collaboration so that research directly contributes towards defence products and applications.
The avenues where researchers and technology experts available in the country can be engaged strategically for contribution to the design and development of advanced defence products were also discussed.
DRDO has previously established eight Centres of Technology in various universities in order to undertake targeted advanced research on topics of special interest to DRDO for conceiving and realising futuristic defence applications. Eminent academicians present in the workshop brought forward ideas to forge the interactions between DRDO and academic institutions.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has appreciated DRDO for its efforts towards strengthening ties between Academia and Defence R&D. He said, Scientific and Technological Excellence is associated with National Pride and stressed that sustained efforts are required for utilising academic expertise for futuristic defence applications.
While on a visit to Russia earlier in November, Singh had urged Russia to manufacture defence equipment with India. During the visit, Russia agreed to jointly manufacture Kalashnikov AK-203 rifles and support the ‘Make in India’ initiative.
Speaking at the DRDO workshop, DRDO Chairman G Satheesh Reddy called for directed research in specialised defence areas like Advanced Propulsion, Terahertz Technologies, Advanced Robotics, Cyber Technologies, Quantum Technologies, and Smart Materials for future preparedness.
He spoke about various existing mechanisms for engagement between DRDO and Academia like CARS Projects, Extramural Research Projects, Technology Development Fund, Directed Research Project and Kalam Innovation Award etc.
Reddy said DRDO is ready to bring out more models of engagement for enabling academia participation in mainstream Defence R&D. He proposed that models of engagement need to be worked out with accountability from both sides for increased technological output and its utilisation in defence products. He welcomed proposals and ideas from academics.
In his address, Secretary (Higher Education) of Ministry of Human Resource & Development (MHRD) R Subramanyam stressed the need for an ecosystem and effective synergy between all stakeholders for accelerated development of critical technologies. He proposed a joint task force to evolve a way ahead.
Directors of IIT Delhi, IIT Jodhpur, IIT Varanasi, IIT Palakkad, and IIT Guwahati; Directors of NIT Jaipur, NIT Bhopal, NIT Calicut, NIT Delhi and NIT Kurukshetra; Vice-Chancellors of University of Hyderabad, Jadhavpur University, Mizoram University, and Bharthiar University were present at the event.
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