| Prof. Brahmachari spells
out Agenda for Fillip to in-House R&D in Industry
9 Companies Receive DSIR National Awards
Prof. Samir Brahmachari, the newly appointed
Secretary, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research
(DSIR) and Director General, Council of Scientific and Industrial
Research (CSIR) today spelt out a three-fold agenda to give
a fillip to in-house R&D in industry and position India's
innovation efforts in the international arena.
Inaugurating the 21st National Conference on In-House R&D
in Industry with the theme "R&D Innovations for Indian
Growth Dynamics", organized jointly by DSIR and FICCI,
Prof Brahmachari stressed the need to be aggressive in the
pursuit of innovations by earmarking 25% of total private
sector and government investment in long-term R&D, not
with an eye on the immediate gains but for returns in the
future. He said such efforts need to be combined with operational
expenses of the private sector and the capital expenditure
of the government to connect the vast army of young scientists
with national R&D efforts.
Earlier, the DSIR National R&D Awards (2007) were given
away to nine companies in various spheres of research by Prof.
Samir Brahmachari; Dr. T Ramasami, Secretary, DST; and Mr.
Y K Modi, Past President, FICCI.
The areas of research and the award winning companies are:
Chemical and Allied Industries - Laila Impex, Vijayawada (
A.P); Agro & Food Processing Industries - Pest control
(India) Pvt. Ltd, Bangalore; Pollution Control & Environmental
Protection United Phosphorous Ltd, Vapi (Gujarat); Mechanical
Engineering Industries - Minda Industries Ltd, Gurgaon; Electrical
Industries - Crompton Greaves Ltd, Mumbai; Electronics/Opto
Electronics Industries - Ananth Technologies Ltd, Hyderabad;
Computer Software - Sasken Communication Technologies Ltd,
Bangalore; Technology Absorption of Imported Technologies
- Reliance Industries Ltd, Surat; and Successful Commercialization
of Technologies acquired from others - Tata Steel Ltd, Jamshedpur.
Dr. T. Ramasami, Secretary, DST, in his address emphasized
on the importance of R&D and the close relationship between
R&D and overall growth. He said that with competition
increasing at a rapid pace, it is important that the companies
plan the dynamics of growth in a very structured manner. Observing
that after a long time we are coming out of the developing
country mindset of having limited resources, Dr. Ramasami
expressed hope that the speed, scope and scale of innovation
in the country would increase over a period.
Mr. Y K Modi, Past President, FICCI and Chairman, YKM Holdings,
in his welcome address mentioned that today the world is globalising
at a rapid pace and this is creating uncertainties for the
businesses. He added that in this highly uncertain future,
winners would be eventually those who willingly challenge
themselves in unprecedented ways to create unique technologies
with benefit to the masses.
Source : Press Information
Date : November 15, 2007