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Thursday, July 21, 2022

iDEX DISC7 (SPRINT) challenges- last date 15th August 2022


SPRINT (Supporting Pole-vaulting in R&D through iDEX, NIIO and TDAC) is a collaborative project between the Defence Innovation Organisation (DIO) and NIIO aimed at developing atleast 75 indigenous technologies / products as a part of Azadi Ka Amrit MahotsavThe challenges span across a wide range of niche technology fields including Artificial Intelligence (AI), autonomous and unmanned systems and Information Technology. Challenges will be considered under both DISC (Defence India Startup Challenge) and Prime categories of iDEX which have provisions for grants upto Rs 1.5 crore and Rs 10 crore respectively. In addition, suo moto proposals submitted by innovators and startups under the IDEX Open Challenge category are also being considered under SPRINT.

See the challenges here:

Application form:

Wednesday, July 06, 2022

Tamilnadu R&D policy- thrust on private sector R&D and Global Capacity Centres

While the Government of India is waiting approval of draft 5th National Science, Technology and Innovation policy, Tamilnadu sate quietly released state R&D policy. It is remarkable in two ways, first most of funding for R&D comes from central government departments and second focus on R&D investment by commercial firms.

Highlights on incentives:

One of the key policy objectives is to boost private R&D expenditure. Private businesses engage in R&D activities mainly to increase the competitiveness of their products and services and hence innovation is intrinsic to their growth. Private sector participation in R&D is vital to create an impetus for innovation-led growth for the State. The Government of Tamil Nadu recognizes the private sector as the engine of growth of R&D in the State and hence shall support the business initiatives related to establishment and expansion of R&D Centres and GCCs through various targeted incentives.

4.2.1. Land Cost Incentive for Standalone R&D Projects R&D projects shall be given an incentive of 50% of the cost of purchase or lease of land for up to 20 acre, subject to a ceiling of Rs. 50 lakh/acre. 

4.2.2. R&D Training Incentive R&D Training Incentive of Rs. 10,000 per person per month can be availed for 12 months for the residents of Tamil Nadu. This incentive is intended for employees engaged in core R&D who have an undergraduate degree in technology/sciences and a work experience of 7 years, or a post-graduate degree in technology/sciences and a work experience of 5 years, or a doctorate in sciences/technology.

4.2.3. Enhanced Quality Certification Incentive Projects obtaining certifications like ISO, ISI, BIS, FPO, BEE, AGMARK, and ECOMARK or any other national or international certification shall be given a subsidy of 50% of the total cost incurred for obtaining the certification, as certified by the Chartered Accountant, limited to Rs. 1 cr. for the period of investment. 

4.2.4. Enhanced Intellectual Property Incentive The Government will reimburse 50% of the expenditure incurred by the Project subject to a maximum of Rs. 1 cr. for the period of investment for in-house R&D for a patent, copyright, trademarks, and Geographical Indicators registration and up to Rs 5 cr. for standalone R&D assets.

Also read Hindu article -The untold story of silent revolution.

Friday, July 01, 2022

100 Top Innovations 2022


Indian Innovators Association is coming out with this publication. Self nomination accepted. Send before end of July 2022.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Seeking Public Comments on the proposed draft for amendment in Part-I and Part-II of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 (“IT Rules, 2021”)

Government of India is seeking Public Comments on the proposed draft for amendment in Part-I and Part-II of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 (“IT Rules, 2021”). Last date 6th July 2022. 

Spicy IP commented on the proposed amendment:

1. That all intermediaries shall ensure accessibility to its services and maintain reasonable expectations of due diligence, privacy and transparency.

2. That all intermediaries shall respect the rights of citizens guaranteed under the Constitution of India.

3. That all intermediaries shall act on complaints for removal of content falling under Rule 3(1)(b)(i)-(x) within 72 hours of receipt of complaint.

4. That a Grievance Appellate Committee shall be set-up to hear appeals against decisions of the Grievance Redressal Officer under Rule 3(2).

5. That all intermediaries shall have to comply with the decision of the Grievance Appellate Committee.

Read and comment.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Technology Export control in India-SCOMET list

(Source: NASSCOM)

Four Multilateral Export Control Regimes (“MECRs”) came into force in the wake of India’s nuclear tests in 1974 and Iraq’s use of chemical weapons during the Iran-Iraq war in 1980-1988. MECRs sought to control the trade of dual-use (both civilian and military) goods, services and technology (collectively referred to as “items”). India is a member of three MECRs and maintains a list of items controlled for export: the Special Chemicals, Organism, Material, Equipment and Technologies (“SCOMET”) list. India has aligned itself with the MECRs and ensures that it closely scrutinizes trade of SCOMET items to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands and being utilised for illegitimate purposes. However, this also affects entities who trade SCOMET items for legitimate business purposes.  

Further reading:

Tuesday, May 03, 2022

Modelling Scenarios

Policy economist Suman Bery joined NITI Aayog as Vice-Chairman.  For four years, (until mid-2016) Mr Bery was Chief Economist of Shell International, based in The Hague (The Netherlands). He was part of the senior leadership of Shell’s global scenarios group, exploring pathways that would allow the world to reconcile decent living with lower carbon. While with Shell he collaborated with Indian research institutions on scenarios for Indian energy policy. (Energizing India. Sage, 2017. New Delhi).

Scenario writing

A scenario is a written description of a situation. Kahn and Wiener(1967) defined Scenarios as follows: “Scenarios are hypothetical sequences of events constructed for the purpose of focussing attention on casual processes and decision points.” Scenario planning is not a 'tea leaf'-type technique. It does not generate forecasts of the future, but instead, paints pictures of possible futures. The aim is not to sit back and wait for the future to happen, but to prepare for what might actually occur. Scenario planning allows decision makers to anticipate potential futures and prepare action plans today that will safeguard their organisations, tomorrow, whatever actually does take place. Scenario planning gives more than a statistical measure of possible future, it should give a feel of living in the future, a sort of journey on a time machine. 

(Further reading- Timing it right with Technology Forecasting)

Shell Scenarios

Shell has been developing possible visions of the future since the early 1970s, helping generations of Shell leaders, academics, governments and businesses to explore ways forward and make better decisions. Shell Scenarios ask “what if?” questions, encouraging leaders to consider events that may only be remote possibilities and stretch their thinking.

Monday, May 02, 2022

Scheme for Promotion of Manufacturing of Electronic Components and Semiconductors (SPECS)


Scheme for Promotion of Manufacturing of Electronic Components and Semiconductors (SPECS) provides financial incentive of 25% on capital expenditure for the identified list of electronic goods that comprise downstream value chain of electronic products, i.e., electronic components, semiconductor / display fabrication units, ATMP units, specialized sub-assemblies and capital goods for manufacture of aforesaid goods. The scheme is open to receive applications till 31.03.2023. As on February 28, 2022, the Executive Committee (EC) has approved 23 applications with total project outlay of Rs.6,816 crore and committed incentives of Rs 1,245 crore.