From mobile apps to defence tech, India to swiftly head towards self-reliance
He revealed that IIT-Delhi is working closely with the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) for many of the defence technologies
In little over a month, following the Galwan Valley standoff, the Centre has clearly moved in the right direction to tackle China once and for all. After banning scores of apps, the government is set to produce military hardware domestically. This is part and parcel of the self-reliant, “Aatmanirbhar Bharat” as well.
Professor V. Ramgopal Rao, Director of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, told Russian news portal, sputniknews.com that India’s focus has shifted to research to wealth, which basically means to convert knowledge into wealth.
He revealed that IIT-Delhi is working closely with the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) for many of the defence technologies. “There are 101 defence technologies which the government of India has banned for import. Couple of those replacement technologies are coming out from IIT-Delhi,” the professor said. “The institutes are closely participating in Aatmanirbhar Bharat or self-reliant India mission as we are now connecting with multiple labs in the country, particularly in the defence sector, with the aim to reduce imports.”
Russia, US and China are producing the requirements in their own country while India is importing, as defence production is not very attractive and these defence agencies never interacted with academia or institutions. He said it is being rectified now. In regards to mobile apps, he said India will be able to replace Chinese apps in six months. “We have already developed a replacement for TikTok and Camscanner,” he said.