Products with design, need of the hour for India

New Delhi, Feb 12 (FN Agency) It is time India break open entrepreneurship in design across sectors to scale up technologies and boost local manufacturing for sustainable, inclusive development, says the government’s Principal Scientific Advisor K VijayaRaghavan. The country, he said, must design products for manufacturing and export those designs to compete in the world. “We should move to a stage where we can make the products, design them and export the design competing globally,” said Prof VijyaRaghavan. He was delivering a talk on “Reboot, Reinvent & Resilience – Road ahead” organised on the occasion of TIFAC Foundation Day.

An autonomous organisation under Department of Science and Technology, TIFAC carries out technology foresight exercise, facilitates and supports technology development, prepares technology-linked business opportunity reports and implements mission-mode programmes. The scientific adviser 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,” Vijya Raghavan stressed. 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 country’s students go. “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,” VijayRaghavan added. He called for the 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.