Collaborative Applied Research for the ‘Make in India’ programme

Collaborative Applied Research for the ‘Make in India’ programme

Pure academic research and applied industrial research are complementary with each other. Pure academic research offers more recent advancement to industrial researcher, whereas academic research offers additional synergies. A collaborative research is an ultimate option to bring actual benefits for university-based researchers and industrial researchers, which leads to commercial industrial development.

In lieu of above, the Government of India has initiated ‘Make in India’ campaign as a nation-building initiative for technology developments with current fundamental sciences. The key goal of this programme is to make state-of-the-art manufacturing infrastructure, cultivate innovation, enhance skill development, protect intellectual property and encourage investment. To make the ‘Make in India’ programme a reality, existing key driving factors are only outcome-based innovations and milestones. This initiative has been accelerated in the innovation-based economy ecosystem to transfer knowledge into finished products, process and services. In the present scenario, our problems are in a multitude and we need to make a suitable mechanism among various sectors.

A vibrant and opaque research environment is an utmost need for mission-oriented and time bound research. Curiosity, clarity on fundamentals and aspirational level of young minds are the driving forces for innovation in applied research. In order to cater global competitiveness, Indian universities are to produce transformational research outputs by outcome based curriculum, pedagogy, collaborative research and infrastructures. Apart from the above, it is recommended to make mandatory to all graduated students to resolve any societal issue during whole programme. To utilize the expertise available in academic institutions, industries and national laboratories, joint research collaboration is given the highest priority by funding agencies. This will certainly bring unprecedented benefit to the society on a larger scale.

At the Government level, a National Institution to Transforming India (NITI Aayog) has been established for both directional and policy inputs for human resource development and proper innovation for identified thrust areas. Collaborative research and developments among academics and industries. A collaborative approach on applied research with industries is followed at the Institute of Engineering & Technology at JK Lakshmipat University, which is committed to building competency in engineering & research, specially adapted to Indian conditions.

 Author:

Prof. Jagdish Prasad Sharma, Institute of Engineering & Technology, JKLU

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