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Priorities for the new Regime

The race of science and technology with respect to national goals and societal applications lags despite the swift adoption and adaptation of technology through extensive use of smartphones in India. Space science research and space applications is the only domain in which spectacular achievements have been witnessed. While the global ranking of Indian Institutions has been improving, India’s higher education system remains the third largest in the world. However, areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics {STEM} immediately requires skill acquisition through hands-on training in case fundamental and applied research is to combine.

The 100-day plan

Goals

  • Domestic research solutions require more funds and support for R&D.
  • Education of Science is in a dicey state.
  • Shift in focus to cutting edge research tech for India to become a world leader.
  • Managing the potentially transformative impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML).
  • Tighten cybersecurity with quantum cryptography.
  • Focus on frontline tech i.e. Internet of Things (IOT)

 

How

  • Increasing support of R&D from 0.8 per cent to 2 per cent of GDP through team/ individual grants. These supports have already contributed to the development of the ‘Intelligent Agricultural Systems Advisory Tool’ and high-yielding Samba Masoori rice, an association of Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University(ANGRAU), Microsoft, the Indian Meteorological Department(IMD) and International Crops Research Institute for the Semi- Arid Tropics(ICRISAT) to provide concise farm advisories to farmers on their personal mobile phones.
  • More resources should be arranged through Private and State funding agencies in order to improve classroom instruction and experiment-based training. The new IITs, NITs and IISERs are already struggling for resources.
  • In order to include more dynamics, the technologies which will create paths for research in desirable technologies and manage financing in sync with the private sector must be widened. It’s a must to retain scientific talent in the country.
  • The key domains that would benefit from AI would be banking and financial services, Healthcare, weather forecasting, agriculture, retail, urbanisation, mobility, retail and education. A steady stream of AI engineers alongside a strong and vibrant start-up ecosystem is all that we need to utilise the abundance of data.
  • Be it defence modernisation, smart cities, infrastructure or transportation cutting-edge tech will prove how India is able to relate to the complex technological strengths around the globe. If these technological strengths are to be harnessed, cybersecurity Is essential.

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