Focus on research to solve societal problems, say experts


Hyderabad: The industry should prepare a whitepaper highlighting their requirements in terms of skillsets required. The academia should look to bring the required changes in the curriculum to train people as per industry needs, said Dr S Chandrashekhar, Director, CSIR-IICT.

Speaking at a virtual even CII Telangana TechSummit on Friday, he said the country is facing shortage of key materials across sectors. This is resulting in a higher dependence on the imports. A backward integration is needed to make India self-sufficient in key sectors including pharma.

Ajit Rangnekar, Director General, Research and Innovation Circle of Hyderabad, said the research is being encouraged acorss sectors and CSIR has also been incentivizing research. Nine city clusters have been identified to promote research and Hyderabad, which is home to several state and private research centres, talent pool and industry, has been fairly successful in using research for societal good.

Stressing the need for collaboration at various levels, he said the industry and academia should focus on life sciences, defence, aerospace and smart manufacturing, digital technologies and environmental sustainability, which will be key for all domains in future.

“APIs, green manufacturing and additive manufacturing have a lot of economic potential,” he said stressing the need for starting finishing schools which hone the skills of fresh graduates.

Joel Reifman, Consul General, US Consulate (Hyderabad), said the city already home to Microsoft, Google, Apple, Amazon and several other marquee brands in the IT sector. Global projects and solutions are being handled form Hyderabad. The city is also seeing good traction in aerospace segment with Tata, Lockheed, Boeing and other key players operating here. The Indo-US partnerships are also seen in the vaccine segment. Hyderabad will continue to play a key partner for US companies working in battery technologies, smart technologies and automation. Hyderabad also sends a significant number of students to pursue higher education in the US, he said.

Sunil Kumar, Joint Secretary, DST, said the Government is supporting several research projects including in medical devices and metallurgy. India has recently deregulated the geospatial data. This allows private companies and individuals to conduct mapping and share geospatial data for transport and e-commerce among others without prior approval from the government. “New opportunities will open up in the geospatial data segment as government relaxed the rules,” he said.

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