New Delhi: Speaking at the 8th Foundation Day of Global Innovation and Technology Alliance (GITA), Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Harsh Vardhan said that for India to grow at a sustained pace, technology and innovation have to become all-pervasive across all sectors of development.
Vardhan launched the 2nd Call for Proposal for Joint Applied Research under the India-Korea Future Strategy Group.
The India-Korea Future Strategy Group was created in July 2018 by the Government of India and the Government of South Korea to expand and enhance cooperation in applied science and commercialization of industrial innovation for purposes of promoting sustainable development and enhancing the quality of life.
In 2018, both countries had signed an MoU to establish a Future Strategic Group, which would build a collaborative platform that can utilize the potential of both the countries towards fostering innovation and create impact for social and economic good. Both sides agreed to co-fund collaborative enterprise-led joint R&D projects covering (i) Digital Transformation (ii) Future Manufacturing (iii) Future Utilities and (iv) Health Care.
The eligible sectors under this Call are Future Manufacturing (smart factory, electric vehicle, 3D printing, robotics and automation, advanced material), Future Utilities (renewable energy including hydrogen and fuel cells, energy efficiency, smart grid, Waste-to-Energy (WtE) technologies), digital transformation (information & communication technologies including Big Data & software) and healthcare (affordable healthcare for the elderly and disabled, natural healthcare products, biotech).
The theme of the GITA Foundation Day event was ‘Making India Future Ready’. Delegations from Canada, Israel, Korea and Spain were present. The event saw international participation from Brazil, Finland, Italy, Sweden, Taiwan and the UK.