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A joint sem­i­nar on ‘Self-Re­liance in Land Sys­tems through In­di­geni­sa­tion – The Fu­ture Per­spec­tive’ was or­gan­ised on April 30, 2014 by CLAWS (Cen­tre for Land War­fare Stud­ies) and Direc­torate Gen­eral of EME (Elec­tri­cal and Me­chan­i­cal En­gi­neer­ing) at Manek­shaw Cen­tre, New Delhi. The chief guest for the event was the Dr Ra­j­gopal Chi­dambaram, Prin­ci­pal Sci­en­tific Ad­vi­sor to the Govern­ment of In­dia. The chief guest mooted the idea that the sem­i­nar must pro­vide a plat­form to the de­fence in­dus­try to project their ca­pa­bil­i­ties and gain in­sight into the poli­cies and pro­ce­dures on in­di­geni­sa­tion as well as pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity to both the army and the in­dus­try to build an en­dur­ing part­ner­ship which will be in­stru­men­tal in ad­dress­ing the is­sues re­lated to in­di­geni­sa­tion of mil­i­tary equip­ment. He set the tone of the sem­i­nar by ex­tort­ing the In­dian in­dus­try to give their full sup­port in turn­ing the no­tion of to­tal in­di­geni­sa­tion equip­ment into a re­al­ity.

On the side­lines of the sem­i­nar an ex­hi­bi­tion was also or­gan­ised to dis­play the di­verse range of items un­der in­di­geni­sa­tion through SME (Small and Medium En­ter­prise) at present. The sem­i­nar wit­nessed con­tri­bu­tion of ideas of a large cross-sec­tion of the pri­vate in­dus­try, PSUs, mil­i­tary and aca­demic ex­perts. The cru­cial take-aways from the sem­i­nar were the com­pelling thoughts and ideas which came up dur­ing the tech­ni­cal ses­sions and gave a pos­i­tive di­rec­tion to the in­dus­try houses in plan­ning their fu­ture in­vest­ments and the pol­icy mak­ers in fram­ing pol­icy guide­lines to keep all the stake hold­ers on the same page and fo­cused to­wards the com­mon goal.

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