Six new technology innovation platforms launched to enhance indigenous manufacturing

Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar inaugurated the platforms virtually and spoke about their benefits.

July 3, 2021

The platforms have been developed with the aim of facilitating globally competitive manufacturing in India.

The focus of the platforms will be on the development and expansion of technologies to expedite industries, start-ups, R&D and academic institutions.

Minister Javadekar mentioned that the platforms will also identify technological issues affecting the industry and provide crowdsource solutions for the same.

The platforms are the result of the joint efforts of IIT Madras, CMTI, iCAT , ARAI, BHEL and HMT along with IISc Bangalore.

With the aim of facilitating globally competitive manufacturing in India, the government has launched six technology platforms which will be instrumental in reaching this goal. The event was virtually inaugurated by Hon’ble Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Shri Prakash Javadekar. Developed through a collaborative effort by IIT Madras, Central Manufacturing Technology Institute (CMTI), International Centre for Automotive Technology (iCAT), Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), BHEL and HMT along with IISc Bangalore, the platforms will focus on the development and expansion of technologies for globally competitive manufacturing in India. 

These six platforms will work towards urging industries (including Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), Tier 1, Tier 2 & Tier 3 companies and raw material manufacturers), start-ups, domain experts/professionals, R&D institutions and academia (college and universities) to come up with technology solutions, suggestions and opinions on matters related to manufacturing technologies, according to the statement from the ministry. Additionally, it will also enable the sharing and exchange of knowledge with regard to research and development and other aspects of technology. As of now, over 39,000 students, experts, institutes, industries and labs have registered on these platforms.

Referring to the platforms as “the gift to the nation” during the celebration of ‘AzadikaAmrutMahostav-Celebration of 75 years of Independence’, Minister Shri Javadekar said that they will be instrumental in consolidating the technical resources of India and the concerned industry on to a single platform and further will identify  the technological issues affecting the domestic industry along with crowdsource solutions for the same. The minister also mentioned that the platforms would advance the progress of the key ‘mother’ manufacturing technologies indigenously by means of their ‘Grand Challenges’, furthering the vision of an Atmanirbhar Bharat and having the manufacturing sector in India meet the international standards. The extent of the success of this vision found empirical evidence through the threefold increase in the IT sector this year and the estimated exponential growth in internet usage in India by 2025.