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Monday, January 24, 2022

Vision Document for the electronics sector today, titled “$300 bn Sustainable Electronics Manufacturing & Exports by 2026


Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, in association with ICEA, released a 5-year roadmap and Vision Document for the electronics sector today, titled “$300 bn Sustainable Electronics Manufacturing & Exports by 2026.” This roadmap is the second volume of a two-part Vision Document – the first of which titled “Increasing India’s Electronics Exports and Share in GVCs” was released in November 2021. This report provides a year-wise break-up and production projections for the various products that will lead India’s transformation into a US$300 billion electronics manufacturing powerhouse, from the current US$75 billion. Amongst the key products that are expected to lead India’s growth in electronics manufacturing include Mobile Phones, IT Hardware (laptops, tablets), Consumer electronics (TV and audio), Industrial electronics, Auto electronics, Electronic components, LED Lighting, Strategic electronics, PCBA, Wearables and hearables, and Telecom equipment. Mobile manufacturing that is expected to cross US$100 billion annual production - up from the current US$30 billion - is expected to constitute nearly 40% of this ambitious growth.

 Scale up of domestic manufacture by 2.2X in 5 years appear realistic with PLI schemes but can India increase exports by 10.3X in 5 years?

Monday, January 17, 2022

Revised Consolidated Guidelines & Standards for Charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles (EV) Promulgated) Promulgated by Ministry of Power


The Union Ministry of Power has promulgated the revised consolidated Guidelines & Standards for Charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles (EV) on 14th January,2022. The objective is to enable a faster adoption of electric vehicles in India by ensuring safe, reliable, accessible and affordable Charging Infrastructure and eco-system. This would also promote energy security and reduction of emission intensity of the country by promotion of entire EV ecosystem.

These guidelines are exhaustive and include provisions for a) individual owners of Electric Vehicles: b) for Public Charging Stations (PCS). In a significant step, Owners may charge their Electric Vehicles at their residence/offices using their existing electricity connections.  Infrastructure requirements for Public Charging Infrastructure as well as for Public Charging Infrastructure for long range EVs and/or heavy duty EVs have been outlined.

Any individual/entity is free to set up public charging stations without the requirement of a license provided that, such stations meet the technical, safety as well as performance standards and protocols laid down  under the guidelines as well as norms/ standards/ specifications laid down by Ministry of Power, Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and Central Electricity Authority (CEA) from time to time. An exhaustive list of compliance requirements for Public Charging Station (PCS) have also been outlined. These include norms for “appropriate” infrastructure  for civil, electricity and safety requirements .

Technology agnostic Charging Standards: The guidelines have been made further technology agnostic by providing for not only the prevailing international charging standards available in the market but also the new Indian charging standards.

Wednesday, January 05, 2022

Journey of an innovator from Innovation fair onwards

Indian Innovators Association (IIA) organised GYSC ( Global Young Scientists Challenge ) in 2018 at Visakhapatnam. Saif Seas exibited their rescuse device.  Inventor Alisgar Calcuttawala explained their innovation to AP Innovation Society and other visitors. The startup is mentored by IIA founder member GV Ramana. The startup is now a reliable supplier to Indian navy and others.

Monday, January 03, 2022

CII Industrial Innovation Awards 2021

Every year CII selects top 25 innovative companies and winners in different catagories. For assessment Enterprise Innovation Maturity Model is used. This year winners include Tata Steel and Wipro assessed by me. Tata Steel has 506 patents with R&D strength of 280 which includes 68 with PhD working in 7 Technoology Leadership Areas. The firm fine tuned processes to optimise utilisation of low quality raw materials,  adopt technology to capture Co2 from flue gas and bet huge on Graphine with 45 patents. WIPRO's huge learning platform  is based on challenge architecture , IP gateway, Pragati portal and open innoavation. Every year some of the challenges get funded to scale up to pilot. The firm is one of the few that works both on software and hardware. 

Anuradha attempts to fill great void in the Telugu people history- their journey to South East Asia

Telugu is one of classical languages of India , Battiprolu eddit is dated back to 400 BCE. Telugu langauge characher is unique with consonent modifiers and vowel modifiers. Despite the long history, very little is known about Telugus's history in textbooks sparring reference to Acharya Nagarjuna and Satavahana period

Journalist Anuradha travelled to SriLanka, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia and narrates story of telugu people's journey to these distance lands in the form of a fictional story. 

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Wednesday, December 22, 2021

50 Global Hubs for Top AI Talent - Bangalore is in top 5.

In this article, HBR highlights the 50 cities with the largest AI talent pools worldwide and evaluate them using a framework that we have developed at Digital Planet: TIDE (for Talent pool; Investments; Diversity of talent; Evolution of the country’s digital foundations). These factors collectively give companies a way to prioritize their AI talent sourcing choices by scoring the different locations on the concentration, quality and diversity of the AI talent pool. The diversity measure combines several factors: the proportion of female AI workers, racial diversity and migrant acceptance along with the cost of living in a city. 

Friday, December 03, 2021

pepsi potato patent and Gujarat farmers

Pepsi got an USA patent for potato cultivator 2027. IP protection granted in USA under Patents and Plant Variety Protection (PVPA).  In India patent protection is not available but Plant Variety Protection avaiable. Pepsi registered this 2027 variety in 2016 and promptly sued farmers in Gujarat growing this without license. 

Now, Plant Varieties & Farmers' Rights (PPV&FR) Authority, rules Pepsi registration under Plant Variety Protection as invalid.

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Sunday, November 28, 2021

World’s First COVID-19 DNA vaccine developed in partnership with DBT-BIRAC under Mission COVID Suraksha


The ZyCoV-D is the world’s first and India’s indigenously developed
DNA based vaccine for COVID-19 to be administered in humans
including children and adults 12 years and above. This vaccine has
been developed in partnership with the Department of Biotechnology
(DBT), Government of India under the ‘Mission COVID Suraksha’ and
implemented by BIRAC, a PSU of DBT. This 3 dose vaccine which when injected produces the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and elicits an immune response, which plays a  vital role in protection from disease as well as viral clearance.Vaccine Technology Centre (VTC), vaccine research centre of the
Zydus group, Translational Health Science and Technology Institute
(THSTI), an autonomous institute of the DBT and Interactive Research
School for Health Affairs (IRSHA), Pune, GCLP Lab set up under the
DBT- National Biopharma Mission (NBM) also played a vital role in this
success story. The plug and play technology on which the plasmid DNA platform is based can be easily adapted to deal with mutations in the virus, such as those already occurring.

Read about the amazing journey: DBT publication