CII to tie up with Department of Science and Technology for application-driven research

The industry body would also push for setting up of centres of excellence in the country

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published: September 4, 2013 1:29:18 am

In an attempt to usher in application driven research in the field of science and technology,Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) will tie up with Department of Science and Technology to sponsor research. The industry body would also push for setting up of centres of excellence in the country.

Addressing the media in the city on Tuesday,Venkatesh Valluri,Chairman,National Committee on Technology,CII,said the scenario of research in the country was too academic and esoteric.

He said the piecemeal approach was not making any difference in real life. “What is lacking is the practical applications of such research,” he said.

In order to propel result oriented research,Valluri said the industry along with Department of Science and Technology would sponsor PhD students and double the stipend given to them. “We will pitch in with Rs 3 lakh in tandem with the Department of Science and Technology that also provides similar amount to PhD scholars,taking the stipend to Rs 6 lakh a year. Scholars who will be selected under the scheme will undergo yearly evaluation by the sponsoring industry,” he said.

After completion of the course,the intellectual property (IP) would remain with the company or the individual post discussions.

“Such application driven research will help us resolve major issues plaguing society. At present,our country lacks convergence between industries,education and governance. This scheme aims to address that mismatch,” he said. In the first year of the scheme,as many as 28 scholars will be sponsored.

Valluri said the body would press for centres of excellence in various states. As the name suggests,centres of excellence would be “laboratories” where practical applicability of technology will be done. CII has identified five sectors viz water,healthcare,energy,homeland security and sanitation for centres to work on.

A centre of excellence has already been set up in Gujarat.

‘Technology deficit biggest threat to country’

Pune: YS Rajan,honorary distinguished professor of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO),on Tuesday said the biggest threat to the country was the technology deficit. Speaking at the Maharashtra State Technology summit in the city on Tuesday,he said,“Economists talk about the current account deficit (CAD) as an alarming sign. However,without proper technology the progress of the country is at stake. At present,a large chunk of our processes are outsourced causing CAD in the country,” he said. Rajan said tier 2 and rier 3 cities should be upscaled for growth. Technology would act as a catalyst of growth for sectors like agriculture,he added. Neeraj Sharma,Head,Policy,Planning and Coordination Cell,Department of Science and Technology,said India’s contribution to the $1.2 trillion research and development programme of the world was a mere 2.5 per cent. The country spends less than 1 per cent of its budget in R&D,which is a cause for concern,he added.

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