Chandigarh

ROUND TABLE MEET ON PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP IN R&D IN INDIA

August 19, 2017 06:37 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

A high profile Round Table Meet titled ‘Developing Country Specific Models for the Promotion of R&D via Public Private Partnership (PPP) Mode’ was organized by the DST-Centre for Policy Research, Panjab University(PU), Chandigarh, here today with the objective of promoting Industry-Academia Partnership of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy of the Government of India.

Dr. V. K. Saraswat ,Member of NITI Aayog and Chancellor, JNU in his inaugural address, emphasized strongly for linking universities with industries & national research laboratories and setting up of dedicate funds for state universities for strengthening their  R&D. He also shared the importance of Industry-Academia Research Collaborations in the success of  ISRO

 
 
Dr. V. K. Saraswat ,Member of NITI Aayog and Chancellor, JNU in his inaugural address, emphasized strongly for linking universities with industries & national research laboratories and setting up of dedicate funds for state universities for strengthening their  R&D. He also shared the importance of Industry-Academia Research Collaborations in the success of  ISRO

for the development of Satellites and Rockets. He defined the roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders in order to overcome the impediments in pursuing successful collaborative research. Dr Saraswat congratulated DST-CPR team at Panjab University, on compiling large scientific information. He stated this information as precious and underlined that it can be used as a database and finally integrate into guidelines for Science, Technology, Innovation & Research.

The Guest of honor, Dr. Girish Sahni (DG, CSIR), apprised the audience about the acceptance of CSIR by the international bodies in the domain of Science & Technology. Dr. Baldev Raj (Director NIAS, and Chairman of Policy Research Cell, DST, New Delhi) & Dr. Neeraj Sharma, Head PRC, DST, New Delhi informed the audience about the genesis of establishing Centres of Policy Research at five locations in India.

Prof. Rupinder Tewari, Coordinator, DST-Centre for Policy Research at Panjab University, Chandigarh gave a compact presentation on the activities undertaken by DST-CPR at PU, Chd in promoting Industry-Academia interface and PPP  in India. He also presented successful models of PPP in R&D in India, compiled by DST-Centre for Policy Research. The participants shared their experiences for the development of institutions, Centres for Excellence, Innovation Parks, incentivizations of R&D activities being performed in Public and Private R&D Sector. It was unanimously agreed that there should be free exchange of scientist of universities and industries. In addition, Emphasis was laid upon for establishment of independent Industry-Academia Interface at Regional Level.

Prof. Arun K Grover (Vice Chancellor, PU, Chd.) informed the audience about creation of Chandigarh Region Innovation & Knowledge Cluster (CRIKC) as a single window for the industry for gaining access to the Academic Excellence & Infrastructure of 27 Institutes of Higher Learning & Research located in and around Chandigarh. The recommendations of the Meet will be submitted to DST, GoI, New Delhi for further deliberations.  

The meeting was attended by directors of large corporates (Reliance India ltd., HCL Technologies),  Innovation Research Parks (IIT-Madras & IIT-Delhi), National Research Laboratories & Universities.

 Later, while talking to the press, Dr Saraswat elaborated that  Think tank has been created for supporting the Govt. in the policy analysis and framework to ensure that the participation of the States is 100% in the planning, execution and monitoring process.

NITI Ayog is focusing on heath, agriculture, education, Make in India, and other schemes of Govt. of India initiated by Hon’ble PM, he informed.  He appreciated the efforts of PU and said that PU has compiled entire information under the leadership of Prof Rupinder Tiwari on India's R&D system  and the basic purpose of this meet was to bring entire domain of policies for research and technical development so that synergy between Industry, Academia, National Laboratories could be improved by policy guidelines. It is to find out ways to improve utilisation of equipment in various National Labs by the Industry and Academia, how to provide facilities of  the Industry to the Universities, he added. Also, need of the hour is to see that the teachers go to the Industry to know their demands and also to bring Industry to Universities for helping in Innovation and Development he stressed.

The purpose of the policy guidelines will be to systemize  across the globe so that the Central/State  Universities and the IIT's have a model. The next important challenge, he said,  is related to the Funding - who will fund the Basic Research, Applied Research, contribution of Industry into research, Intellectual Property Rights etc so that the conflicting situations are minimized.

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