MoD to ex­am­ine plan for de­fence in­cu­ba­tor in H’bad

The Hitavada - - NATION -

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.

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