PSA Prof K Vijay Raghavan reiterates to break open entrepreneurship design

Science    12-Feb-2021
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New Delhi, Feb 12: The Principal Scientific Adviser to the Govt of India Prof K Vijay Raghavan has stressed the need for unlocking the entrepreneurship in design, across sectors to scale up technologies and boost local manufacturing for sustainable, inclusive development at a tech talk event on ‘Reboot, Reinvent and Resilience – Road ahead’ organized on the occasion of the celebration of the 34th Technology Information Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) Foundation Day.

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Stressing the point further, Prof K Vijay Raghavan said “For scaling up exponentially in focused areas, manufacturing should be distributed with design at the core of it. Prototyping and manufacturing of products can be done locally by entrepreneurs. Design companies, anchors and links to Indian academia should flourish so that they have the confidence to make products of any kind anywhere in the world. We should move to a stage where we can make the products, design them and export the design competing globally.”
He also said that for distribution of knowledge as the basis of power, mathematics, statistics, and computer science, learning should be brought to scale and machine learning based decisions which are consequence of those kinds of learning taken to our population in general. Research needs to be amplified to places like schools, colleges, and universities where 90 per cent of the students can be tracked. Prof Vijay Raghavan further added that “National Research Foundation (NRF) announced in some details in the budget this time could help training in research in general and science and technology in particular reach number of people.”
“The PSA called for partnership of the entire scientific community in the road ahead for rebooting, reinventing and resilience to strengthen the innovation and research ecosystem of the country.”
 TIFAC is an autonomous organization under the Department of Science and Technology, which carries out technology foresight exercise, facilitates and supports technology development, prepares technology linked business opportunity reports and implements mission-mode programmes.