If quoted please attribute the Forum/ Smita Purushottam
If quoted please attribute the Forum/ Smita Purushottam
India is rich not only in cultural values, heritage and knowledge power, but also in having tremendous sources of natural energy. Furthermore, in the last decade India has embarked on the development of Science & Technology on a Global Front. Nowadays, we are heavily dependent on technology for our daily routines, for example telephones, television, transportation…etc. Having one of the biggest knowledge pools in the world – which is acknowledged by the international community, what important is to utilize this rich source of the knowledge in a correct manner to empower the nation in the real sense.
Majority of the Indian population is stationed in rural areas and this rural community plays a vital role in the sustainability of the urban areas. Rural areas need basics like electricity, employment, food…etc. If the science and technology is adopted by our modern society, why not it can also be utilized to empower the rural sectors of the country?
Today, the daily consumption of power of mega and metro cities enjoy power is sufficient for under privileged rural and/or coastal areas for at least one week. The needless usage of technology by modern society is actually usurping the rights of our brothers and sisters in the rural areas. If we share the technology with our brothers and sisters in the rural community, we will help them to not only sustain but to live a quality life and enjoy the same comfort level which we have.
We have large coastal areas. Just like European countries, if the water turbines are placed across the coastal line, we can have continuous power supply generated through these water turbines and sufficient for coastal communities. The wind turbines should also be stationed at various places which can produce power that can be utilized to provide basic electricity to the villages. Also, many villages are now having solar panels and bio-gas plants for the purpose of providing electricity for street lighting. New ways should be innovated by which the society – as a whole, can be benefitted. For example, I am a space scientist, so I will comment that utilizing space technology and remote sensing applications can be beneficial in monitoring the agriculture, urban planning, observing rich heritage of the country, health monitoring, preparing mitigation guidelines for the disaster risk reduction, telemedicine…etc. There are many more applications of the present technologies, in each sector, which can benefit the society, contributing in the development of the country.
The focus on utilization of Science & Technology for development will not only help to empower the rural sector of the country, but also create a greater impact as the growth engine for the development of the country. Also, this will trigger healthy competition amongst the states within the country to be the model state through development in education, growth of commercial activities and industrial development, strengthening the rural communities, showcasing the hidden treasure of rich heritage and culture…etc. Above all of these, the real actions in this direction will bring the communities together for the harmonious growth and the ancient adage – “Vasudhaiva Kautumbakam” will be seen in the country in real sense.
– R. Ghadawala
The 16th Annual Report to Congress on the Impact of Offsets in Defence Trade has the following to say:
NEGATIVES FOR US:
Which is exactly the point of Offsets, that they should help in boosting the defence industrial base and wean developing countries off the need to keep importing in perpetuity.
POSITIVES FOR US:
POINTS OF INTEREST FOR POLICYMAKERS
Other factoids that it would be useful for our policymakers to be aware of:
TIME TO LAUNCH AND IMPLEMENT OFFSETS IN DEFENCE PRODUCTION AND THE AEROSPACE INDUSTRY!
Uploaded here – AGENDA INDIAN A&D INDUSTRY GROWTH is an excellent report prepared by Commodore (Rtd) Sujeet Samaddar, NM, Director and CEO, ShinMaywa Industries India Private Limited and member of the High Tech Forum on Defence Innovation launched at IDSA.
To encourage indigenous high-tech manufacture, he has outlined several measures that would help provide a level playing field for Indian industry. Till now, the system was skewed towards PROCUREMENT, not PRODUCTION. A beginning has been made with DPP 2013, which according to a highly placed source “now requires justification for not taking recourse to Indigenous products. That needs to be followed strictly. There is already a shift towards Buy Indian on account of this but will need to be nurtured.”
So the test, as always, will lie in implementation. We have many apologists for foreign products deeply embedded in our system. It was noted at the 4th Forum meeting that the heads of 4 governments visited India to promote their jets for the MMRCA acquisition, whereas we shy away from promoting our own products and host huge air shows which promote the aircraft of other countries! This is despite the fact that Indian products are greatly appreciated far and wide.
Commodore Samaddar suggests several measures to equalize the field between Indian and foreign players, and even tilt it a bit towards Indian firms, an endeavour we fully support. No country has become strong without strong indigenous firms.
Ideas such as a streamlined defence exports policy and “deemed exports” which will “make it attractive for foreign OEMs to contract in India and thus create capacity capability and jobs in India” are great and even overdue. So are the suggestions on amending taxation policy to encourage indigenous production, “prepared in consultation with leading tax and legal experts” and “attached separately as Annexure”. And all the other suggestions to flatten the playing field.
Please read the report, comment and send feedback to him and also yours truly.
Great! American universities are the foundation of America’s innovation eco-system and we should learn from them how to set up one in our country. The more such collaborations the more we can upgrade our own educational system, hopefully stemming some of the huge forex outflow incurred in sending Indian children to foreign universities and attracting foreign students to our shores.
By Papri Sri Raman
Chicago/New Delhi, April 15 (IANS): In a move that will empower Indian researchers and help them connect with rest of the world, the University of Chicago (UC) and two other American universities will help Indian universities ramp up their computing ability to fulfill the scientists’ dream of sharing data with the international fraternity.
The connectivity will be via high-speed ‘cloud’ computing clusters and superfast internet.
Along with high-tech, Vistas Bharat is dedicated to a green India. A new startup Afforest has been launched to undo the damage of industrialization and grow new forests as fast as old ones are cleared away.
At the same time the European Investment Bank has tied up with India Infrastructure Finance Company Ltd (IIFCL) to extend a Euro 200 mn loan for projects related to renewable energy and emissions reductions. These initiatives will provide new opportunities for Green Entrepreneurs and keep the balance between a rapidly industrializing hi-tech India and nature. Because at the same time as we seek to create an advanced economy, we also want to nurture the environment – to combat the frightening effects of climate change. The IPCC has just published its latest assessment of the damage we are inflicting on our blue and beautiful planet.
Some industrial houses have kept their promises, the huge world class Jamnagar refinery has been “offset” by more than a million fruit trees, which not only produce revenue but have also been credited with re-balancing the ecology of the region. More firms need to follow this example and not evade their obligations to the environment.