MoD to examine plan for defence incubator in H’bad
DEFENCE Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has responded positively to setting up a defence incubator in Hyderabad.
Responding to a request from Telangana Government, she agreed to consider setting up the defence incubator in T-Hub, the technology incubator set up by the State Government.
According to Telangana’s Minister for Information Technology and Industry K T Rama Rao, the Defence Minister has responded positively to a letter written by him, requesting her to set up a defence incubator in the city, considering the defence eco-system here.
Nirmala Sitharaman conveyed to Rama Rao that the defence incubator may be set up under the Central Government’s Innovation for Defence Excellence (iDex) scheme.
Rama Rao thanked the Defence Minister for her positive response. He hoped that this will give further fillip to defence and aerospace sector in the state.
The Defence Minister wrote that under IDex scheme, the Central Government may allocate funds to promote MSMEs, startups, individual researchers, research institutes and students in defence and aerospace sectors.
Rama Rao said that the proposed defence incubator could be allotted space in the upcoming second phase of T-Hub. This facility could serve as a centre for prototyping and testing in defence sector and for skill development.
He said that the defence incubator would give further boost to the ongoing research work in the defence sector in Hyderabad.