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.


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Space Technology in Agriculture

Space Technology is been widely used in our routine life, from televisions and mobile phones to high-tech devices like Satellite Navigation and Earth Observation (Remote Sensing technology for identifying and mapping the resources/data). GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) is a satellite … Continue reading

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US Universities to help Indian Researchers

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.  

US varsity to connect Indian researchers to the world

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.


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A great new sci-fi film is coming up – “Transcendence” and here is a super write up! Sci-fi has consistently given insights into the Future, and it is hoped technological developments such as the ones described in this film will have built in safeguards! Extract:

And then one evening something terrible and sudden and shocking and tragic happens… and that’s when “Transcendence” begins morphing into a thriller of the mind and soul with echoes of everything from “A.I.” to “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” to “2001: A Space Odyssey” to “Blade Runner” to “The Matrix.”

Vistas Bharat:  My Favorite Movies! Continued extract:

“…Cillian Murphy is the FBI agent convinced the A.I. version of Will is going to accumulate so much power and intelligence he’ll become the greatest threat to freedom the world has ever known. 

It is already giving me the shivers!

Having watched the trailers on its website, it is clear to me that the idea of the Singularity, when machine and human intelligence merge, posed by Scientist Kurzweil in his ground breaking book “The Singularity is Near” and site has caught on and is being mainstreamed by Hollywood (Kurzweil believes human intelligence can be uploaded and preserved forever so that Death itself is banished).  Seems like each new technology is more powerful than the last but with the potential for bad outcomes growing exponentially. The consequences of the Singularity or Transcendence are frightening but so was nuclear power, and humanity managed to control nightmare scenarios. Getting nostalgic for another great movie on the topic of runaway nuclear: “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.”

Will Bollywood wake up please?

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A Model Green Village by Dr. Rushi Ghadawala

Recently, a model for a “Green Village” was developed by Dr. Rushi Ghadawala. The Green Village will be completely energy independent – utilizing renewable energy sources like Solar Energy, Wing Energy, Biogas Plants and Tidal Energy (if the chosen region is a coastal one). The model is designed for medium-sized villages, having around 100-150 houses, to meet their basic requirements for power.

A pilot study has been taken up for a remote village ‘Aasarsa’ near Bharuch in Gujarat State through which its energy requirements have been established. The focus is on satisfying their basic energy requirements via Solar Panel roofs as the primary energy source. A unique placement of parabolic reflectors will re-concentrate the reflected solar rays back to the panel, resulting in higher efficiency.  Furthermore, the solar panel plants will also be connected with batteries installed in a series formation to store additional power. Also, two wind-mills have been proposed to be placed in the village to satisfy additional power requirements, especially for common utilities.

Installation of bio-gas plants has been proposed in the model to meet the need for natural gas for cooking purposes. The village has been divided into sectors of 4-5 houses, with each sector allocated with a primary biogas plant, connected via pipeline grids. This will satisfy the villagers’ basic energy requirements, along with increasing hygiene standards. Furthermore, considering the sanitization requirements, which was observed to be very poor in the study region, inspired by the idea of bio-degradable toilets, developed by DRDO – India, the installation of syntax-walled bio-degradable toilets has also been proposed in the model green village. These bio-degradable toilets will also have small-sized solar panels covering the roof, to provide sufficient electricity to illuminate a bulb inside the toilet.  The additional energy will be stored in a separate storage unit.

In each sector, an underground water tank is proposed to store the rain water during the monsoons, which is connected with each house in the respective sectors. This will ensure the utilization of excess water in time of need.

The primary study concludes that the project results in knowledge-empowerment and capacity building at remotely located villages, enhancing the capabilities of the local residents to raise their standard of living and meet their basic requirements of power. This pilot project will be helpful for a small village like ‘Aasarsa’, located in a remote location in Gujarat, to be independent in energy production and will set an example of cleanliness and hygienic & self empowered lifestyle, using solar panels, wind mills, water turbines, bio-gas plants, biodegradable toilets and other climate friendly resources.

Indeed, it is a primary challenge to educate the local community to adopt these technologies but, this will also enhance their educational capabilities, as the villagers will be encouraged to learn about new technologies, use of such appliances in their routine life, educate themselves to raise their standard of living and live happily and peacefully.


Dr. Rushi Ghadawala

President, International Affairs

The Secretariat, Aryavarta Space Organization

2-15, Simandhar Apartments,

Behind Dharnidhar Derasar,

Vasna, Ahmedabad 380007

Gujarat, INDIA

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Shades of 2001: Space Odyssey – a Future Indo-Russian ‘HAL’?

Shades of 2001: Space Odyssey – a Future Indo-Russian ‘HAL’?.

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DOT Recommends Renewable Energies to Power India’s Telecom Network

In a further boost to India’s renewable industry and indigenous telecom manufacture, a committee or regulatory body has recommended that the entire telecom network should be powered by renewable energy. The article does not name either except to mention it is under DOT, although a PIB press release indicates that Ministry of New & Renewable Energy and USOF (the Universal Service Obligation Fund) are also involved. This is a progressive and heartening development. We are proud to say we had reported on one such company VNL that had won Innovation Awards abroad for its innovative solar power based rural telecom network.

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