Sail­ing to­wards Self-Re­liance

In­no­va­tion in an or­gan­i­sa­tion is the key to its per­for­mance in the field of tech­nol­ogy and aids in pro­duc­tion of new age equip­ment and sys­tems.

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ASEMINAR ON ‘IN­NO­VA­TION AND In­di­geni­sa­tion’ was held on July 16 and 17, 2015, at Kothari Au­di­to­rium, DRDO Bhawan, New Delhi, un­der the aegis of the Di­rec­torate of In­di­geni­sa­tion, In­te­grated Head­quar­ters, Min­istry of De­fence (Navy), and De­fence, Aerospace & Se­cu­rity, Con­fed­er­a­tion of In­dian In­dus­try with the theme of ‘Sail­ing To­wards Self-Re­liance.’

The pre­am­ble of the seminar stated, “In­no­va­tion in an or­gan­i­sa­tion is the key to its per­for­mance in the field of tech­nol­ogy and aids in pro­duc­tion of new age equip­ment and sys­tems. This is es­pe­cially true in case of re­quire­ments for the armed forces, where any tech­no­log­i­cal edge in terms of weapons and sys­tems over the ad­ver­sary can give enor­mous ben­e­fit in terms of plat­form sus­te­nance and op­er­a­tional wor­thi­ness. The im­por­tance of self-re­liance in the de­fence forces can­not be overem­pha­sised and the In­dian Navy has been at the vanguard in pro­mot­ing in­dige­nous de­sign and con­struc­tion of war­ships and equip­ment for many decades. The process of achiev­ing self-re­liance in the In­dian Navy is com­plex and re­quires ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion from many or­gan­i­sa­tions. The in­dige­nous de­vel­op­ment and in­duc­tion of tech­no­log­i­cally su­pe­rior equip­ment and sys­tems can only be achieved through in­no­va­tion lead­ing to in­di­geni­sa­tion and fi­nally self-re­liance in the coun­try. The In­dian Navy on its part has the re­spon­si­bil­ity of driv­ing the self-re­liance process, since it is the fi­nal end-user of the prod­uct de­vel­oped through in­dige­nous sources.

In pur­suance of the Gov­ern­ment of In­dia’s ‘Make in In­dia’ thrust and achiev­ing the In­dian Navy’s goal of self-re­liance, a two-day ‘Naval In­no­va­tion and In­di­geni­sa­tion Seminar’ was or­gan­ised to pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity to In­dian Navy as well as in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives to meet un­der one roof, to col­lec­tively dis­cuss the end re­quire­ments, plans of the In­dian Navy in this di­rec­tion while pur­su­ing in­no­va­tive meth­ods and out-of-the-box con­cepts to re­alise the na­tion’s goal of self-re­liance in de­fence sec­tor.

The inau­gu­ral ses­sion be­gan with an open­ing ad­dress by Vice Ad­mi­ral A.V. Sub­hedar, Chief of Ma­teriel, fol­lowed by ad­dress by Sukaran Singh, Co-Chair­man CII-Na­tional Com­mit­tee on De­fence & Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Tata Ad­vanced Sys­tems Lim­ited.

Anil D. Am­bani, Chair­man, Re­liance Group, the latest en­trant in the de­fence sec­tor, marked his pres­ence promi­nently and made a scin­til­lat­ing pre­sen­ta­tion by as­sur­ing to­tal sup­port to the Prime Min­is­ter’s cam­paign ‘Make in In­dia’ which he called is the step in the right di­rec­tion. While re-em­pha­sis­ing the need for self-re­liance in the on­go­ing naval ca­pa­bil­ity build­ing plans, he as­sured that in ad­di­tion to the ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture and ship­build­ing as­sets ex­ist­ing at the Pi­pavava Ship­yard eval­u­ated at ` 10,000 crore, his en­ter­prise has plans for fur­ther in­vest­ments to the tune of ` 5,000 to fa­cil­i­tate ex­pan­sion of the ship­build­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties to in­dige­nously con­struct war­ships in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the De­fence Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion (DRDO) for ships rang­ing from air­craft car­ri­ers to de­stroy­ers, frigates, off­shore pa­trol ves­sels (OPVs), sub­marines, etc.

At the be­gin­ning of Ses­sion I a pre­sen­ta­tion on ‘Make in In­dia with spe­cial fo­cus on De­fence In­dus­try’ was made by Mrs Shubhra Singh, Joint Sec­re­tary (IPP). She high­lighted the ini­tia­tives taken to­wards pro­mo­tion or de­fence pro­duc­tion by cre­at­ing five nodes, namely: Am­rit­sarKolkata, Delhi-Mum­bai, Mum­bai-Ben­galuru, Ben­galuru-Chen­nai and Chen­nai-Visakhapatnam as in­dus­trial hubs for the pur­pose. This was fol­lowed by yet another scin­til­lat­ing pre­sen­ta­tion on In­di­geni­sa­tion in In­dian Navy An Over­view’ by Rear Ad­mi­ral D.K. Tri­pathi, As­sis­tant Chief of Naval Staff (Pol­icy & Plans). He brought out that tech­nol­ogy per­spec­tive and ca­pa­bil­ity road map has been for­mu­lated based on Mar­itime Ca­pa­bil­ity Per­spec­tive Plan and dis­sem­i­nated to en­hance the in­dige­nous con­tents. He em­pha­sised on in­dus­try par­tic­i­pa­tion in man­u­fac­tur­ing of he­li­copters and UAVs.

The other pre­sen­ta­tions of the Ses­sion I in­cluded ‘Ship­build­ing in In­dia and In­di­geni­sa­tion Prospects’ by Com­modore G. Har­ish, Ad­di­tional Pro­ject Di­rec­tor, Naval De­sign; ‘In­di­geni­sa­tion for Self-Re­liance’ by Cap­tain K.S. Nathan (Retd), Gen­eral Man­ager L&T; and ‘In­dige­nous Ship­build­ing – A Tool for Strate­gic Mar­itime Co­op­er­a­tion in In­dian Ocean Re­gion’ by Cap­tain Mo­hit Goel from Naval Dockyard, Mum­bai.

Dur­ing Ses­sion II, pre­sen­ta­tions made were ‘Cre­at­ing a Meta-Univer­sity Based Ecosys­tem for State-of-the-Art De­sign & Pro­duc­tion of Naval (De­fence) Equip­ment un­der Make in In­dia Vi­sion’ by Pro­fes­sor Arun Ku­mar Jain of the In­dian In­sti­tute of Man­age­ment, Lucknow; In­no­va­tive Tech­niques for Man­u­fac­ture of High In­tegrity Com­po­nents’ by Sachin Agar­wal, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, PTC In­dus­tries Ltd; ‘Need for hav­ing Light­weight Ar­mour So­lu­tions for De­ploy­ment on Naval Plat­forms’ by Ra­jesh Gupta, Se­nior Man­ager, MKU; and ‘De­ploy­ment of In­dige­nous Crypto Al­go­rithms’ by Pro­fes­sor Manin­dra Agar­wal, IIT, Kan­pur.

To round-up the pro­ceed­ings the inau­gu­ral ad­dress was given by Ad­mi­ral R.K. Dhowan, Chief of the Naval Staff, on the ar­rival of Manohar Par­rikar, Rak­sha Mantri. Rak­sha Mantri there­after de­liv­ered the key­note ad­dress. A com­pen­dium on Tech­nol­ogy Per­spec­tive and Ca­pa­bil­ity Road Map was re­leased by the Rak­sha Mantri.

De­fence Min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar be­ing fe­lic­i­tated by the Chief of Naval Staff, Ad­mi­ral R.K. Dhowan, at the Seminar on the In­no­va­tion and In­di­geni­sa­tion Sail­ing to­wards Self Re­liance in New Delhi

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