India’s Department of Science & Technology to Set Up 15 Centers Promoting “High-end Science and Technology”
Bringing together scientific research and commercial activity under one roof
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+ “Startups, on the other hand, feel that scientists do not exactly understand needs of industry and the demand of their customers.”……But that might change as the government is taking measures to ensure the two sectors can complement each other……..The Department of Science & Technology (DST) plans to set up 15 centres with high-end science and technology infrastructure.
“SATHI means a companion. It will not only offer physical infrastructure but also trained manpower to help users make the most of the facilities,” says Sharma. “Using these machines and tools, a startup can develop a demo, prototype or produce a limited number of items to check a product’s viability or performance before they decide to produce it commercially.”
+ The Department of Science & Technology (DST) plans to set up 15 centres with high-end science and technology infrastructure…..These hubs — Sophisticated Analytical & Technical Help Institutes or SATHIs — will help not just scientists and students but also aid startups and industries carry out research and development (R&D) activities……….DST Secretary Ashutosh Sharma tells ET Magazine: “SATHI centres will be equipped with sophisticated instruments and smart manufacturing facilities that are generally not available at universities, R&D institutions or industry. They will provide professionally managed services with an open access policy and high transparency.”
+ The third, NM-ICPS, plans to connect academics, industry, ministries and state governments for research and commercialisation of projects in artificial intelligence, internet of things, big data analytics, robotics, quantum computing and cyber security, among others. This will benefit national initiatives in health, education, energy, environment, agriculture, security as well as industry.
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