Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ campaign will be the focus of the Global Business Forum (GBF) launched by the IIT Bombay Alumni Association (IITBAA) on Friday. It will showcase original technology, business and research from the IIT Bombay community. It aims to improve collaboration between businesses, governments and academia, and through this initiative drive innovation, which will provide solutions to economic challenges in India.
According to institute officials, the forum is being endorsed by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, also an alumnus of IIT Bombay.
“I want to see this forum grow stronger. I want academia, industry, governments, nations and the IIT Bombay community to come together and commit itself to ‘interactions, insights and impacts through innovative technology and business’, which is what GBF stands for,” said Parrikar in a statement, which was read out by institute officials.
The platform will focus on technology innovation in eight special interest groups (SIG’s), which includes energy, education and skill development, healthcare, environment (water), infrastructure, smart cities, information and communication technology and Make in India.
“The GBF plans for a sustained effort over several years to provide solutions to the problems India faced in these eight areas through technology,” said Ashank Desai, founder and former chairman, Mastek Limited. This year, the forum will be held between October 16 and 18 in Goa.