The government is investing Rs 500 crore per year on research related to electronics products, a top official of Department of Electronics and IT (Deity) said today. The research is carried out at incubation centers associated with IITs, Indian Institute of Science and other premier institutes. The government is also asking the private sector to invest in research by collaborating with the incubation centers. “We are investing around Rs 500 crore into research per annum… If any of you want to invest in that particular sector, this is where we under CSR are looking for a handholding,” Deity Secretary Aruna Sharma said during the Nasscom CSR Leadership conference. Also Read - 11th India Game Developers Conference scheduled for November 22Also Read - Why Indian engineers are missing the mark for the jobs they set out to pursue
The research is taking place for medical electronics, nano electronics etc at the incubation centers, she added.
“Now the association and CSR could be adjoined in the incubation center itself if the topic of research if of interest to you and your company. You can work with the researchers and take a call,” Sharma said.
She also handed a list of products which are completely commercialized to Nasscom and also of those products, which are on the verge of being commercialized and the third one where they are still under the incubation centers. During the conference, a deal between Deity and Nasscom Foundation was also announced, wherein the foundation has been entrusted upon the responsibility of sensitizing citizens across the country on e-waste, its health and environmental hazards and its responsible disposal.
The foundation announced that it has secured grants in excess of Rs 50 crore for financial year 2016-17. The foundation, being the industry partner to government for the National Digital Literacy Mission, has been able to reach its target of over 100 centers across India for the year and aims to make over 75,000 households become digitally literate.