Most of the industrialists in India were becoming traders and closing down their factories, said Hansraj Ahir, Minister of State for Home Affairs, Government of India. He was speaking at Getto-Know (G2K) seminar on ‘Research and development opportunities in Defence sector for both academia and industry of Vidarbha’ on Monday. It was organized by Vidarbha Industries Association (VIA), Defence Innovators and Industry Association (DIIA), Armaments Research Board, DRDO, New Delhi and Cummins College of Engineering for Women, Nagpur. The seminar was inaugurated at the hands of Shri Hansraj Ahir. Lt. Gen. Ravindra Thodge, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, SM, Adviser to GoI was the chief guest. Dr S K Salwan, Chairman, ArmReb, Shri Vishram Jamdar, Chairman Governing Council, VNIT, Brigd. Dr M K Hada, Secretary, Armament Res Board were the guest of honour.
Shri Hansraj Ahir continued, “Industrialists must not depend on Government only for the innovations but take up the challenge themselves of innovation.” He also stated that very less importance to research was given in the country. He said, “Not only the industrialists but the country will benefit in many ways. We must understand the call given by our Prime Minister Narendra Modi –Make in India–.” He also appreciated the initiative taken by all for organising the G2K seminar which will be beneficial in the long way to the country. He also assured to take up the issues and suggestions in the day long seminar, which he called as ‘Chintan’.
Lt. Gen. Ravindra Thodge, awakening the industrialists of the region explained the wide opportunities open in the Defense sector for private industrialists. “In the last Defence Expo we had seen a Foundry Cluster from Kolhapur, a Hydraulics Cluster from Belgaon but there was no such cluster from Vidarbha.” He said industrialists from Vidarbha should come forward. “You must give up the attitude of hesitation and late back attitude. The desire to go ahead must be there, the desire to do must come out from within. For that one must have a passion in heart and fire in belly,” Thodge said.
Explaining the ‘Make in India Ammunitions’ policy, Thodge noted that only 31 players had came forward. The Defence sector has an demand of Rs 3,000 crore per annum for the products from private industry. He also noted that only Rs.500 crore to Rs 700 crore imports had came down. He said, “The policy will benefit the industrialists as well as the country. The country will get assured supply and we will become self dependent. Even we have to pay a big price and are blacked mailed several times for certain products.”
Dr S K Salwan, in his plenary talk on ‘Technologies for future warfare’ explained the emerging security scenario and technology options. Dr Salwan noted that the future warfare would be network centric, laser technology in high weapons etc. He also explained the opportunities in cyber war fare targets, space based sensors, hypersonic technologies in missiles. Dr Salwan underscored the need for the development of Anti Satellite System. Remembering the contribution of President of India late Dr A P G Abdul Kalam to the current concurrent engineering he said, “Talent is distributed in the whole country, we must collect them through such initiatives.”
Brigadier Dr M K Hada said out of the 36,000 technical and non technical institutions in the country, very few take up the research initiatives. Dr Hada, explained about the various boards and policies of procurements in detail. He stated that funding was not a problem for the institutions.
Expressing happiness over organising the seminar, Dr Vishram Jamdar said, “Now academicians and industries are interacting with each other which is the need of hour.”
Shri Atul Pane, President of VIA welcomed the new Defence Procurement Policy and urged the industrialists to embrace the sector as it would increase the productivity of the region.
Dr Bharatbhushan Joshi explained the preface of the seminar.
Shri Dushyant Deshpande welcomed the guest while Suresh Rathi, Vice-President of VIA proposed the vote of thanks. The seminar had participation from academia of engineering colleges, principals, deans R&D etc.
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