Chandigarh May 18, 2019-Today, Society for Promotion of Science and Technology in India SPSTI) organized a lecture on ‘Industry-Academia (I-A) R&D in India ... a way forward’ as a part of its Monthly Lecture Series. The speaker was Professor Rupinder Tewari, Co-ordinator, DST-Centre for Policy Research, Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Prof Tewari highlighted that in present situation, there is growing application of science and technology in developing new technologies to provide cost effective solutions to diverse problems around the world. India can take a quantum leap in the generation of patents and technologies as it is amongst the top nations in the publishing research papers. For this to happen, Academia and Industry must hand hold each other and governments (Central and State) should provide funds for creation of I-A Clusters, web portals, incentivizing institutes proactive in forging links with industries, establishing I-A Chairs in select institutes, provision of I-A sabbatical leave for professors, laying down requisite policies/Acts/Laws as prevalent in various developed countries, introducing Voucher schemes for industry and academia Governments, setting aside certain percentage of research funds by various ministries of government of India for I-A activities, stimulating R&D investments by private sector and adopt Catapult model of UK for national research laboratories.

In a study carried out by Prof. Tewari’s DST Centre for Policy Research it was revealed that State Universities are major contributor of Patents (granted) in India, even though they are financially starved. He implored that such universities should be incentivized by the State and Central government for strengthening Translational Research ecosystem and mentored by IITs.

Prof. Tewari informed the gathering that Industry-Academia activities of Chandigarh Region Innovation and Knowledge Cluster (CRIKC) have been appreciated by the office of Principal Scientific Advisor to Government of India, and being promoted in other parts cities like Pune and Kolkata.

The lecture was followed by intense discussion. The participants appreciated the role of alumni in several institutes, most notably, IITs, ICT Mumbai and IISc Bangalore, in motivating the industry for carrying out research and development work.