India’s Global Science, Research, and Innovation Summit 2023: Co-innovating for a Better Future

India’s Global Science, Research, and Innovation Summit 2023: Co-innovating for a Better Future
India’s Global Science, Research, and Innovation Summit 2023: Co-innovating for a Better Future

The Global Science, Research, and Innovation Summit 2023, held under the aegis of India’s G20 Presidency, was hosted by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) in partnership with the Office of Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India (OPSA) on May 2, 2023, at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. The summit brought together over 300 government dignitaries, thought leaders, industry leaders, eminent academicians, and research scholars to discuss the importance of co-innovation, co-development, and co-production at scale.

Emphasizing India’s Strengths in Science and Technology

Dr. Parvinder Maini, Scientific Secretary of the OPSA, delivered a special address at the inaugural session, highlighting the importance of industrial investment in scientific research and innovation activities to strengthen the national innovation ecosystem. She emphasized that science and technology are integral parts of India’s growth story and projected the impact of recently announced technology missions in frontier areas such as quantum, semiconductor, and hydrogen. Dr. Maini added that collective responsibility must be taken to address funding, capacity development, and awareness challenges through a strategic approach for the research and development (R&D) ecosystem to reach greater heights.

The Need for Industry-Academia Partnerships

Prof. Rangan Banerjee, Director of Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, stressed the importance of ideas and research done by students and faculties having the potential to create an impact in society with active engagement of the industry. He also mentioned the need for creating opportunities for the trained and skilled workforce of the country to build an ecosystem of innovation for competitive advantage in technology. Prof. KP Sudheer, Ex-Officio Principal Secretary, Science and Technology Department, Government of Kerala, emphasized the crucial partnerships between industry and academia to drive the nation’s growth through innovation.

Mr. Ryuhei Nishi, First Secretary (Science and Technology), Embassy of Japan in India, emphasized the need to increase people-to-people exchanges between the two nations to accelerate technology collaborations. He highlighted the exciting synergies between the two countries in various fields of artificial intelligence (AI), green technology, quantum technology, and nanotechnology.

Innovation: A Joint Effort

Mr. Vipin Sondhi, Chairman of CII National Mission on Technology, Innovation & Research, mentioned that innovation will happen only when researchers and industry work together in a cohesive manner with utmost enablement and support of the government. He also stated that innovation of new products and services based on strong research must become part of India’s DNA to become the innovation superpower in the coming years. Mr. Alok Nanda, Co-Chair of CII National Mission on Technology, Innovation & Research and CEO, GE India Technology Centre & CTO, GE Aerospace India, talked about the necessity of having novelty and economic value addition for any innovation.

Nurturing Future-Ready Skilled Workforce

A Special Panel on ‘Nurturing Future-Ready Skilled Workforce’ was jointly organized by CII and OPSA as part of the summit. The panel discussion resulted in key policy recommendations focused on digitalization and data skills, training and upskilling, ethics and human-centric approach, inclusivity and diversity, and demand-driven human resource development. The day-long summit also included expert panels on fostering R&D investment, advancing women in STEM, and promoting industry-academia interaction.

Conclusion

The Global Science, Research, and Innovation Summit 2023 provided a platform for thought leaders, industry leaders, academicians, and researchers to come together and discuss the importance of co-innovation, co-development, and co-production at scale.

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