Govt may share DRDO, CSIR research with electronics industry

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  1. black eagle

    black eagle Senior Member Senior Member

    Nov 22, 2009
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    The government is mulling over whether to share research done at its two premier institutions - the DRDO and CSIR - with the domestic electronics industry to enable them to make quality products for the market.

    Electronics hardware includes IT, telecom, consumer durables like televison sets, set-top-boxes and other gadgets.

    Speaking at Electronics Expo here, Minister of State for Science and Technology Ashwani Kumar said, "The government is actively considering if research done by prominent government institutions, namely the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), can be shared with indigenous manufacturers for product development."

    Domestic electronics production, which is under acute pressure from cheap imports, has the potential to contribute 20 per cent to the nation's gross domestic product (GDP) by 2020.

    Industry estimates show that demand for electronics products in the country will touch USD 400 billion by 2020.

    "With the existing rate of growth, the production of electronics hardware in the country is likely to grow to USD 104 billion by 2020, creating a demand and supply gap of USD 296 billion, which would have to be met through imports," he said.

    The electronics hardware sector has the potential to contribute about 20 per cent to the GDP by 2020. It is "time for us to act now", Kumar said.

    He cautioned that if efforts to increase indigenous production of electronics hardware are not made now, India's electronics hardware import bill will exceed that of oil.

    "If we want to ensure that there is no perpetuity of trade deficit, then we have to focus on building indigenous capability in the electronics hardware sector," he said.

    As part of the government's efforts to promote indigenous industry, he noted that the Department of Information Technology has submitted the report of an IT Task Force to the Planning Commission and his ministry was also actively involved in working on the recommendations given in the report.

    The IT Task force report carried the recommendations of domestic industry trade bodies on steps necessary to promote the production of electronics hardware in the country.

    Kumar cited the example of the telecom sector, which is growing at a very rapid pace, but value addition by domestic players is very low.

    "While handset manufacturing has grown rapidly in India, it is dependent heavily on imports, with low value addition. Around 90 per cent of components and parts by value are imported," he said.

    He mentioned that the government is actively considering giving preference to manufactured-in-India products under all government and PSU procurement tenders.

    During his interaction with the media, he also said that getting investment to set-up a semiconductor wafer fabrication plant in the country was one of the top priorities for the government.

    "We expect to conclude talks with global industry players within this year for investment in semiconductor," Kumar said.
  3. Rage

    Rage DFI TEAM Stars and Ambassadors

    Feb 23, 2009
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    This is an excellent report. Lot more factual than the last:

    Semicon to get shot in arm

    Business Standard Reporter / New Delhi/ Bangalore February 22, 2011, 0:21 IST
    Increase in domestic consumption of electronic items to boost industry

    The semiconductor industry in India is expected to get a boost due to the increase in the domestic consumption of electronics hardware. The demand for electronics hardware in India is set to grow from $45 billion (about Rs 2,25,000 crore) in 2009 to $400 billion ( Rs 20,00,000 crore) before 2020, according to industry estimates.

    “Electronic system, design and manufacturing can propel the country towards global leadership. India has been the leader in business process and IT outsourcing. Time has come to demonstrate our leadership position by building our own capabilities in integrated circuit (IC) design, IC fabrication and, design and manufacturing of electronics products,” said Ajay Kumar, Joint Secretary, Department of Information Technology (DIT), Government of India.

    According to Department of Information Technology, over $2 billion worth of chip designs are being exported from India which is developed by nearly 20,000 Indian professionals.

    “We export semiconductor design to global companies and therefore we have a great opportunity to now focus on electronics hardware manufacturing. Another important thing is that because of a vast talent pool, most semiconductor fabricating companies have set up their R&D and design centres in India,” added Kumar.

    The DIT is in the process of formulating several major initiatives to build India as a major global producer of electronic products to meet both domestic and export demands. The recommendation in the new Special Investment Package scheme (SIPS) include setting up an electronic development fund to promote innovation, R&D, intellectual property and manufacturing in electronics sector.

    It has also recommended introducing new courses in electronic manufacturing so that adequate human resources are available for hardware manufacturing industry.

    According to N Seshagiri, founder director general, NIC, Government of India, nano technology can be another growth driver for the electronics industry in the country.

    “Nanotechnology is alre-ady helping many sectors including biotech, health-care and energy. But when it comes to electronics and IT, it is lagging behind in exploiting nanotechnology,” Seshagiri added.

    By 2013, the market size for nanotechnology-enabled products will be around $1.6 trillion. Nanodevices and subsystems would make up 10 per cent of the industry by then.
  4. nitesh

    nitesh Mob Control Manager Stars and Ambassadors

    Feb 12, 2009
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  5. rudresh

    rudresh Regular Member

    Oct 13, 2009
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    didnt they had these ideas b/w their ears and inside their brains infront of their head for their myopic vision till now or else they hadnt paid enough to take that route .........any way palm greasing is very important to get such ideas for the people without ideals..........:mad2:

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