Aiming at taking India’s domestic manufacturing to new heights, the government of India has launched six technology innovation platforms for the development of technologies for globally competitive manufacturing.
These platforms have been designed and developed by IIT-Madras, HMT in association with IISc, Bangalore, Central Manufacturing Technology Institute (CMTI), International Centre for Automotive Technology (iCAT), and Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), BHEL.
These platforms will work towards facilitating Indian industry (including original equipment manufacturers, Tier-1 Tier-2 and Tier-3 companies and raw material manufacturers), start-ups, domain experts/ professionals, R&D institutions, and academia (colleges & universities), by providing them technology solutions, suggestions, and expert opinions, on issues involving manufacturing technologies, the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises mentioned in a statement.
“These platforms are a gift to the nation, which will help bring all India’s technical resources and the concerned industry on a single platform to kick start and facilitate identification of technology problems faced by domestic Industry and crowdsource solutions for the same,” Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Prakash Javadekar said.
With more than 39,000 already registered on these platforms, the exchange of knowledge with respect to research and development and other technological aspects will be provided to students, experts, institutes, industries, and labs across the country.
The announcement has come in the backdrop of production linked incentive (PLI) schemes launched last year that creates global manufacturing majors in India by removing sectoral disabilities and creating economies of scale to develop complete component eco-systems in the country.
Notably, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in February this year invited global firms to take advantage of the ₹1.97 trillion PLI schemes in 13 sectors to boost their manufacturing in India.