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Govt Intends To Make India A Centre For Drone Manufacturing: DRDO Chairman

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  • According to the DRDO chairman, even ten years ago, the majority of IIT graduates left India for higher education and employment prospects
  • "The current environment is the reason why rolling an aircraft in four years is even a possibility. India will overtake China as the world's top importer, he predicted.

The head of the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy, stated on Saturday that India should become a hub for drone production worldwide.

As for the drone industry, India is working on its application in the defence and civilian sectors, Reddy said during the Bengaluru Aero Innovation and Skill Center (AISC) opening ceremony. The AISC is a step in the right direction since we need to support the young people in their inventions.

The administration has made it plain that everything should be produced domestically, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged us to create items of the highest calibre possible so that the rest of the world will look up to us. There are items in the aerospace and defence industries that are currently created here rather than being imported.

AISC Bengaluru, a branch of the Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI), would assist prospective business owners and start-ups in doing research and development in the aerospace industries. As of right present, the AISC will consist of about 15-20 startups. According to officials, professionals from the DRDO, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) would advise the start-ups and entrepreneurs.

According to the DRDO chairman, even ten years ago, the majority of IIT graduates left India for higher education and employment prospects, but today, over 75% of graduates choose to remain in India and work in a variety of industries, including aerospace and defence technology, among others.

“The current environment is the reason why rolling an aircraft in four years is even a possibility. India will overtake China as the world’s top importer, he predicted.

In order to close the skills gap between industry and academia and to support the start-up ecosystem in the aerospace and defence industries, the software and cloud services provider Altair India and the AeSI also inked an MoU. As a technology partner, Altair will offer assistance to AeSI and AISC aspirants by providing free access to technology, solutions, and mentoring.

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