AHMEDABAD, September 10: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh today called for connecting StartUps to industry from the start, as equal stakeholders, to ensure sustainable StartUps.
While chairing the leadership session of ministers from different states on the first day of the 2-day “Center-State Science Conclave” at Science City here, Dr. Jitendra Singh said his ministry is proactively reaching out to startups across the country and providing seed funds for quality incubation and research with a 50-50 investment mechanism from DST and StartUps.
Earlier, the 2-day “Central State Science Conclave” was officially opened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Science City here.
Referring to Prime Minister Modi’s launch of StartUp India from the ramparts of the Red Fort in 2015, Dr Jitendra Singh said India, in its 75th year of independence, is now home to more than 75,000 start-ups making a huge leap from 300 weird start-ups. few years ago. He said that India ranks 3rd in the world in startup ecosystem and also in terms of number of unicorns.
Dr. Jitendra Singh informed that a special session with CEOs of over 100 start-ups and industry at Center-State Science Conclave’ in Ahmedabad will attempt to explore state-specific solutions for unique problems faced by individual states. The minister pledged full support from the 6 science departments to potential start-ups willing to work with state governments with funding from all stakeholders.
The Ministers of Science and Technology of Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Assam, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Haryana and Secretaries Chiefs and Secretaries of Science and Technology from other states and UT gave brief presentations on STI policy and other achievements in science and start-ups endeavors in their respective states.
Dr Jitendra Singh said the integration of research, start-ups, academia and industry is no longer an option but an absolute necessity to attract young innovators to the country, especially in the United States, to provide cutting-edge, globally competitive products and solutions. . He said, “Doubling private sector investment in R&D by 2030” and complementing the overall economy of the country and the state is a key program of the Conclave in line with the Atma Nirbhar goal of the Modi government.
Bowing to the will of State Ministers for proactive engagements between the Center and the States in S&T and creating a mechanism to facilitate the flow of STI information and data between the Center and the States, Dr Jitendra Singh said that after two days of manthan, small mixed committees will be formed. between the Center and different groups of States to take STI policy to its logical conclusion. The Minister said that building the capacity of scientists, technologists and professionals from the States will be the main area of intervention and added that the Center and the States will work together to promote the participation of the private sector in the R&D of the State and will try to put in place a solid and long-term strategy. “Centre-State coordination and monitoring mechanism for STI at the highest level.
Drawing inspiration from the Prime Minister’s speech at the conclave to open more innovation labs in institutions of higher education across the United States, Dr. Jitendra Singh pledged that the Center’s Department of Science and Technology would provide all support, including financial support, for the creation of niche innovation centers in the States.
Dr. Jitendra Singh informed that in line with the Prime Minister’s relentless efforts to facilitate innovation and entrepreneurship in the country, the first of its kind Conclave will strengthen coordination and collaboration mechanisms between central states in the spirit of cooperative federalism to build strong science. , technology and innovation (STI) across the country.
Referring to the leadership session theme “Anusandhan se Samadhan”, Dr. Jitendra Singh said, Dr. Jitendra Singh informed that important plenary sessions with State S&T Ministers are being held during the two-day summit on issues such as agriculture, innovation for the production of portable drinking water. including the application of technologies such as desalination, helicopter-borne methods developed by DST, clean energy for all, including the S&T role in the Hydrogen mission, the MoES Deep Sea mission and its relevance to coastal states/ UT, digital healthcare for all and science in synergy with national education policy.
Earlier, while delivering the welcome speech at the Center-State Science Conclave, Dr. Jitendra Singh hailed Modi’s vision and bold initiative to unlock the space sector for private participation and now we look forward to the mission Gaganyaan. Similarly, joint ventures within the Department of Atomic Energy are leading to the creation of new institutes and new research initiatives. The minister said that the deep sea mission as well as the manned submersible will also have an integrated mining system for mining polymetallic nodules from 6,000m deep in the central Indian Ocean over 7,500km. of coastal length in the country.
Dr. Jitendra Singh concluded that the two-day science conclave will focus on the inherent abilities and innovative spirit of Indian youth to make India a global hub of research and innovation in this Amrit Kaal so to realize the Prime Minister’s dream of making India a frontline country in the world in its 100th anniversary of independence.