Roundtable Discussion on ‘R&D in India’
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in partnership with The Centre for Technology, Innovation and Economic Research (CTIER) had organized a Roundtable on ‘R&D in India’ on 30th June in New Delhi.
Centre for Technology, Innovation and Economic Research (CTIER) is an autonomous body working with India’s leading experts in the field of innovation and technology policy to influence policy making on the back of high quality empirical economic research. Its objective is to raise the level of debate and awareness amongst policy makers, industry and students about the essential role of technical capability in economic development, and how it is best fostered. CTIER is closely working with CII, Department of Science & Technology (DST) and the Department of Science & Industrial Research (DSIR) to build a more comprehensive database on R&D in India.
The round table was organized to help lay the foundation for a biennial survey of the top 150 firms doing R&D in India. Through this survey, it was hoped to understand among other things, the nature of the R&D being undertaken, how it is changing, the talent trends in R&D of firms in India, and the impact of various government measures on R&D. Improving the quality and timeliness of data, in our view, would contribute to quality research and assist in making better informed policy decisions in India.
The roundtable was divided into two sessions. The first session was created to discuss on the data that is currently availablein the public domain to understand the trends in industrial R&D spending, the R&D intensity across sectorscompared to global standards and data on technology payments. Thesession helped to serve to gauge the accuracy of what is currently beingcaptured and help to validate or refute some of our findings.
The second session was focused on various questions that enabled the participants to get a better qualitativeunderstanding of R&D in India today.
The roundtable was attended by some of the very senior industry leaders like Dr Naushad Forbes, President, CII and Co-chairman, Forbes Marshall Ltd, Dr Subrata Biswas, Director, Engineering &R&D, BHEL, Mr Datta Kuvalekar, CTO, Forbes Marshall Ltd, Dr Arup Basu, President – New Businesses & Innovation Centre, Tata Chemicals, Mr K Ananth Krishnan, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Tata Consultancy Services, Mr Puneet Kishore, GM & Head Technical Centre, ONGC, etc.