Anusandhaan Chintan Shivir
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) recently held an event called ‘Anusandhaan Chintan Shivir’ in New Delhi on June 27, 2023. The primary objective of this event was to promote and encourage Defence research and development (R&D) within the industry and academia. The event was graced by the presence of Chief of Defence Staff General Anil Chauhan as the Chief Guest, highlighting the significance of the occasion.
Release of 75 Technology Priority Areas
During the ‘Anusandhaan Chintan Shivir,’ the DRDO unveiled a comprehensive list of 75 technology priority areas. This list, categorized into 403 technological categories, further expanded into 1,295 current and future technology development tasks. The unveiling of these priority areas marks a crucial step in advancing Defence R&D and fostering innovation within the industry.
DRDO Technology Foresight 2023
The DRDO also presented the ‘DRDO Technology Foresight 2023’ document, which outlines all the identified areas, categories, and ongoing technology development activities. The document serves as a roadmap for the technology focus of various DRDO laboratories. It can be accessed on the official DRDO website, www.drdo.gov.in. The list not only highlights the current areas of research but also identifies future technology requirements crucial for the development of defence systems and enhancing national security.
Strengthening Industry-Academia Collaboration
By sharing the list of various DRDO establishments working in specific areas, the initiative aims to establish a seamless channel of understanding between industry, academia, and DRDO. This collaboration is crucial for bridging the gap between research and practical applications, facilitating the indigenization and innovation of defence technologies. Such cooperation will propel India towards self-reliance and bolster its position on the path of technological advancement.
The Importance of Indigenous Defence Technologies
During the event, Chief of Defence Staff General Anil Chauhan commended the DRDO for organizing the ‘Anusandhaan Chintan Shivir.’ He emphasized the significance of indigenous defence technologies for the Armed Forces. The development of cutting-edge defence technologies within the country plays a vital role in strengthening national security and reducing dependence on external sources.
The synergy between DRDO, Industry, and Academia
Dr. Samir V Kamat, Secretary Department of Defence R&D and Chairman of DRDO highlighted the need for synergy between DRDO, industry, and academia. He emphasized the importance of taking technologies from the nascent stage to advanced levels where they can be scaled up for mass production. Collaboration and cooperation among these stakeholders will play a pivotal role in achieving this goal.
Perspectives from DRDO, Academia, and Industry
During the ‘Anusandhaan Chintan Shivir,’ perspectives on Defence R&D were shared by Director General (Technology Management) Dr Subrata Rakshit, Director IIT Delhi Prof. Rangan Banerjee, and Executive VP L&T Shri Arun Ramchandani. Their valuable insights highlighted the collaborative efforts required to drive innovation and development in defence technologies.
The event witnessed the presence of esteemed individuals, including Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC) Lt General Johnson P Mathew, DG (Admin) Air Headquarters Air Marshal PK Ghosh, senior officers from the Ministry of Defence, DRDO scientists, industry leaders, and academia experts. Their participation further emphasized the collective commitment towards strengthening Defence R&D.
DRDO’s Role in Defence Technology Development
DRDO, with its extensive network of laboratories and centres, is deeply involved in the development of defence technologies across various disciplines. These include aeronautics, armaments, electronics, combat vehicles, engineering systems, instrumentation, missiles, advanced computing simulation, special materials, naval systems, life sciences, training information systems, and modern agricultural technologies. The core objective of DRDO is to achieve self-reliance in critical defence technologies and systems by developing state-of-the-art weapons and equipment. In pursuit of this goal, DRDO actively engages with stakeholders in the Defence ecosystem to foster cooperation with the industry and academia, encouraging the development of new technologies.
In conclusion, the ‘Anusandhaan Chintan Shivir’ organized by DRDO serves as a significant platform to promote Defence R&D, enhance industry-academia collaboration, and drive innovation in defence technologies. The release of the list of 75 technology priority areas and the unveiling of the ‘DRDO Technology Foresight 2023’ document mark important milestones in India’s quest for self-reliance and technological advancement in the Defence sector.
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