DEFTECH 2014: Second CII-CENJOWS International Seminar & Exhibition on defence technology

Shri Kapil Sharma with other Delegates at the DEFTECH 2014 Shri Kapil Sharma addressing the Defence Industry at DEFTECH 2014

Shri Kapil Sharma with other Delegates at the DEFTECH 2014 Shri Kapil Sharma addressing the Defence Industry at DEFTECH 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014: CII in collaboration with CENJOWS organised second edition of DEFTECH: International Seminar & Exhibition on Defence Technology on 16th July 2014 with the focus on Technology: the Key to Indigenization. Shri Kapil Sharma, Senior Consultant, DeitY represented DeitY at the event and made a presentation on the DeitY’s policies and initiatives to encourage and promote Electronics System Design & Manufacturing in general and Strategic Electronics Sector in particular. A number of queries were raised by the members of the defence industry regarding the setting up of FABs in India and its strategic implications, policy initiatives supporting defence electronics, benefits available to MSME companies in defence sector and the R&D related incentives in the DeitY policies.

The aim of seminar was to encourage Research and Development and to have higher degree of self-reliance and Indigenization through import substitution. On inaugural session, Chief Guest Mr G C Pati, Secretary (Defence Production), Mr Sumit Mazumder, President Designate CII, Dr PS Ahuja Director General Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, Dr Sudershan Kumar, Distinguished Scientist & Chief Controller R&D (PC & SI) DRDO and Maj Gen (Retd) K B Kapoor, Director, Centre for Joint Warfare Studies formally opened the seminar and exhibition.

DEFTECH was primarily aimed to increase investment in defence R&D in India. According to present statistics, industry’s and Government’s investment in R&D across all sectors is around 0.3% and 0.7% of GDP respectively. In order to improve the situation the two day seminar was planned to generate understanding among various defence industry stakeholders to scale-up R&D funding in defence sector. In parallel, exhibition stalls from various defence industries was organised to increase focus of private industry visibility in defence sector. The B2B meetings also facilitated Indian defence industries to exchange views and business ideas to deepen the engagement between Indian and foreign defence industries.

Also present at the seminar were government officials, serving people from three services, DRDO scientists, private sector representatives, foreign dignitaries who took part in the brainstorming post every session to induce R&D in the Indian defence sector. In conclusion, participants at the seminar unanimously agreed to improve defence R&D culture in India. The major suggestions from seminar includes: 1) Import substitution has to be the top priority. 2) Creating platform integration capabilities within the country, 3) In the interim, however there is a need to an eco-system wherein most of the critical components and sub-systems are also developed within the country through collaboration or independently. 4) To create a more platforms under Public Private Partnership (PPP), and Joint Ventures between Indian and foreign companies. 5) India should create conducive environment for those companies interested to invest in Research & Development so that Intellectual Property Rights stay within India.

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