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    The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) organised an industry interaction and brainstorming session at the Research Centre Imarat (RCI) in Hyderabad on Sunday. The event brought together over 180 defence industries, including MSMEs and start-ups, to discuss their concerns and become more aware of the industry-friendly initiatives and policies of DRDO. The DRDO Chairman, Dr Samir V Kamat, chaired the open brainstorming session, reassuring the industry that DRDO will support them and play a mentor role in building their capabilities to make India a net defence exporter. The DRDO emphasised the need for regular initiatives to boost the Indian defence manufacturing sector for complete self-reliance.

    Director, Directorate of Industry Interface & Technology Management (DIITM), Arun Chaudhary, explained various DRDO initiatives and policies which support Indian industries. He also explained the process of ‘Transfer of Technology’ by DRDO to the industry and the salient features of the Policy, as well as the necessity and process of selection of industries as Development cum production partners. The Technology Development Fund (TDF) scheme and DRDO policy and procedures on utilisation of its infrastructure Testing facility and DRDO patents by Indian industry were also discussed.

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    The DRDO has developed the ‘System for Advanced Manufacturing Assessment and Ranking (SAMAR)’ certification with the Quality Council of India (QCI), a benchmark to measure the maturity of defence manufacturing enterprises, including MSMEs. SAMAR and IT-enabled online model for digitised assessment with geo-tagging and timestamping were presented during the event. The DRDO is offering SAMAR to micro and small industries at subsidised cost.

    Industry partners, including MSMEs, large enterprises, and start-up entrepreneurs, gave presentations on their experience of working with DRDO. They provided suggestions to improve current procedures and policies and recommended ways for ease of business. DG, Missiles and Strategic Systems, Dr BHVS Narayana Murthy, and DG, Production Coordination & Services Interaction, Dr Chandrika Kaushik highlighted the need for more synergy with all stakeholders of the defence ecosystem.

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    The event provided a unique beginning for Aatmachintan and Manthan during the open brainstorming session and a window of opportunity to the industries to express their challenges, expectations, and support needed in the current scenario. Discussions were held to create a redefined framework to further the vision of ease of doing business and facilitate the industry.

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