On 27th June 2023, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) organised “Anusandhaan Chintan Shivir” in New Delhi, Delhi to encourage Defence Research and Development(R&D) within the industry and academia.
- Chief of Defence Staff General Anil Chauhan graced the event as the Chief Guest.
- During the event, DRDO released “DRDO Technology Foresight 2023”, a list of 75 technology priority areas for Industry and Academia.
Lt Gen Johnson P Mathew, Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee(CISC), Air Marshal PK Ghosh, Director General (DG) (Administration) Air Headquarters, scientists from DRDO, industry leaders and academia experts were present during the event.
About DRDO Technology Foresight 2023:
i.DRDO has further divided the list of 75 tech priority areas into 403 technological categories and further spread out to 1,295 current and future technology development tasks.
ii.This identifies the technology areas on which various laboratories of DRDO are currently working.
iii.The list of activities also identifies the future technology areas which are required for the development of defence systems and defence R&D to strengthen the security of India.
iv.The list also features the major technology tasks envisaged in the near future for defence R&D needs.
v.To establish a seamless channel of understanding between various stakeholders, the list of various DRDO establishments working in respective areas was presented to the Industry and academia.
DGR & IBM signed MoU to generate employment for Ex-servicemen
Directorate General Resettlement (DGR) under the Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare, Ministry of Defence(MoD), signed a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) with IBM (International Business Machines Corporation) to generate employment for Ex-servicemen and facilitate their seamless integration into the civilian workforce.
- As a part of this MoU, IBM aims to bridge the gap between military service and civilian employment, by offering veterans with opportunities for professional growth and personal development.
Features of the MoU:
i.Under this MoU, DGR will collaborate with IBM to identify the ex-servicemen with skillsets and aptitudes suitable for relevant job opportunities that arise at IBM and its affiliates.
ii.IBM will leverage its resources and expertise to facilitate the recruitment, training, and upskilling of ex-servicemen following the assessment and shortlisting of candidates for the roles.
i.To maintain the youthful profile of the Armed Forces, around 60 thousand personnel are annually retired or released at comparatively young age.
ii.DGR assist them to acquire additional skills to facilitate their resettlement through a second career.
Note: From April 2022 to March 2023, around 24234 ex-servicemen have received employment in various sectors.
About Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO):
Chairman– Dr Sameer V. Kamath
Headquarters– New Delhi, Delhi