The Indian Army’s engagement with the Academia received further impetus on January 23rd when the faculty of Amrita University Coimbatore made a series of presentations to a Team led by Lt Gen Subrata Saha, DCOAS (P & S) on solutions to some of the problems faced by troops in the field. This was a follow up to the Field Visit undertaken by a group of Professors, Ph D Scholars and Industrialists to the Sikkim Sector in November last year. Earlier in June 2016 similar field trip had been sent to Kashmir, which yielded some good solutions and ideas. The next Field visit is planned for the Desert and Rann of Kutch Sector in February, followed by other border areas.
Seven teams lead by Heads of faculties from the Amrita University presented a range of solutions from light weight, high strength construction material too high density batteries specifically designed for very low temperatures.
Drawing from the observations and interactions with soldiers in the field, of their senior faculty member Dr Shantanu Bhowmick, and from the Compendium of Problem Statements released by the Army Design Bureau; the solutions proposed were simple, practical and unique.
Various industry representatives from Coimbatore who attended the event, found the deliberations very useful and were able to identify projects for realisation.
This involvement of the Academia in fostering indigenous solutions for needs of the Indian Army is part of the strong outreach program launched by the Army to incubate focused research and Indigenisation in the defense sector.
Apart from lightweighting the bunkers and high performance batteries, presentations were also made on persistent surveillance platforms, smart hybrid power sources in the field and bio friendly waste management systems.