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India-ASEAN InnoTech Summit here, organised by FICCI

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, today called upon the scientific community in and member states to intensify collaborative research in science, technology and innovation to address the economic and societal challenges being faced by the two regions.

Addressing the first India-InnoTech Summit here, organised by in association with the (DST) and the Ministry of External Affairs, Dr. Vardhan said, "The time now is for simple solutions for complex problems through innovation."

Under the ASEAN-Innovation Platform, are ready to be commercialised in member states, he said and called upon the scientific community to pool and through the platform.

India, he said, has a lot to offer to the ASEAN countries. New were being nurtured at the 38 laboratories of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, he said and added that in the global list of 1207 research institutions supported by government funding, stood at the 9th position. "Our mission is to position India into the big league and be recognised among the top three global leaders in Science & Technology," he said. Applauding the initiative, he said that the summit should be an annual event with take aways and learnings, and the government will continue to extend its support for the same in future as well.

DST Secretary, Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, said, "That Science and Technology was a new dimension to the strong India-ASEAN cultural bonds and complementary The need of the hour was to scale up collaborations in nanotechnology, advanced materials and biotechnology," he said.

Prof. Sharma added that the ASEAN-India Innovation Platform (AIIP) is a major element of the enhanced the (AISTDF), which is a part of ASEAN-India Science & Technology Collaboration. He applauded that the India ASEAN innovation platform which was launched 4 months back by DST and has already received more than 1.5 million hits.

The AIIP comprises social innovations, product and processes innovation generated by industry and research innovations from the academia and R&D labs. He called upon innovators in ASEAN countries to explore the numerous opportunities available in India and build partnerships for the common good of the people in the two regions.

"That the time was ripe to share the best ideas and build powerful networks between the scientific community of ASEAN and India. He called for creating sustainable national and international innotech projects to build a continuous and dynamic science revolution," said Moe Kyaw Aung, of to India.

Mr. R.V. Kanoria, Past President, and Chairman and Managing Director, and Industries Ltd. said, "That the two-day summit is being attended by S&T advisors, experts, institution heads, companies and entrepreneurs from ASEAN member states. More than 60 ASEAN delegates from industry, academia, government, bilateral and multilateral agencies and associated establishments that constitute the ecosystem for innovation-led technical and economic development are attending the first of its kind innovation and in India."

Nirankar Saxena, Deputy General FICCI in his address mentioned that in this 21st and innovation should create welfare for common man. member states should aspire to replicate successful models in each other's region.

Yogesh Andlay, FICCI startup committee and Co-founder, expressed that such platforms give a boost to the of innovation across sectors. This is an opportune platform where and academia are meeting.

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First Published: Fri, November 30 2018. 17:55 IST