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Empowered Technology Group (ETG)

Introduction

The Empowered Technology Group (ETG) was constituted by the Cabinet as an institutionalised structure to proactively lay down, coordinate, and oversee national-level policies relating to procurement and induction, and research and development in technologies that require large outlays in resources both financial and human and to render sound and timely advice for determining direction and trajectory of Government's R&D and Technology Development Programmes.

Empowered Technology Group (ETG) aims to proactively lay down, coordinate, and oversee national-level policies relating to

  • 01

    Procurement and Induction of technologies 

  • 02

    Research and Development (R&D) in technologies that require large outlays in resources, both financial and human

  • 03

    Render sound and timely advice for determining direction and trajectory of Government's R&D and Technology Development Programmes

 

Download Order for Preparation/Submission of Notes for Cabinet/Cabinet Committees Consultation with ETG

 

Download Order for Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for the Empowered Technology Group (ETG)

Objectives

  • sustainable

    To ensure India has pragmatic policies to facilitate utilisation of the latest technologies for economic growth and sustainable development.

  • Advise

    Advise the Government on priorities and strategies for research on emerging technologies across sectors.

  • Maintain

    Maintain an updated map of technology and technology products available, and being developed, across India.

  • Develop

    Develop an indigenization roadmap for selected key technologies.

  • strategy

    Advise the Government on its technology supplier and procurement strategy.

  • Encourage

    Encourage both State & Central government to develop in-house expertise in policy and use aspects of emerging technologies.

  • Formulate

    Formulate policies for sustainability of public sector technology at PSUs/Labs

  • Encouraging

    Encouraging cross-sector collaborations and research alliances with Universities and Private Companies.

  • Formulate standards

    Formulate standards and common vocabulary for vetting of proposals for R&D

Pillars of Empowered Technology Group

Policy Guidance
Procurement Support
R&D Support

Policy Guidance

  • Guide policy formulation in the development and use of technologies that emanate from multiple disciplines of science and engineering
  • Develop a long-term technology roadmap and lay down a plan for indigenization of key technologies
  • Ensure that each Department/Ministry has a 'Technology officer' who is mandated to monitor technology development in the Department/Ministry, develop prospective plans on the technology requirements and plan adaptation of globally available new and emerging technologies
  • Review technology adaptation of at least one Department during each of its meetings
  • Develop a strategy to influence the international discourse on key technologies and for furthering India's interests in those domains.
  • Render advice to promote the private sector and global investment in R&D, education, and skills related to emerging technologies.
  • Render advice on policy to optimize the use of all capabilities developed or procured by India through sharing with other public or private sector players, including recoupment of federal investments through sharing charges.
  • Review and recommend technologies and technology products that are obsolete and do not need to be procured by the Central or State/ Union Territory Governments and various entities under them.

Empowered Technology Group

CHAIRPERSON

chariperson
Principal Scientific Adviser to Government of India

Members

Chairman , Atomic Energy Commission
Chairman, Space Commission
Chairman, Defence Research and Development Organisation
Secretary, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology

ETG will be supported by Technology Advisory Group (TAG) comprising 10 members from academia and 10 members from industry.

Our Stakeholders

  • Scientific and line ministries

    Scientific and line ministries

  • state-governments

    State governments

  • R& D labs

    R&D labs

  • cps-es

    CPSEs

  • industry

    Industry

Structure of Technology Advisory Group (TAG)

ETG is being supported by the Technology Advisory Group (TAG) comprising 9 members from Academia and 9 members from Industry and other important sectors.

Academia
Industry and other important sectors
Dr. Shailesh Nayak

Director

National Institute of Advanced Studies

Dr. Renu Swarup

Former Secretary

Department of Biotechnology, Government of India

Prof. Abhay Karandikar

Director

IIT Kanpur

Prof. V. Kamakoti

Director

IIT Madras

Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthy

Former Director

IIT Madras

Prof. Chintan Vaishnav

Mission Director, Atal Innovation Mission

NITI Aayog

Prof. Navakanta Bhat

Professor

IISc. Bangalore

Dr. Anil Prabhakar

Professor

Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Madras

Dr. Ashish K. Lele

Director

CSIR-NCL

Policy Guidance

The Office of PSA has been engaging with several ministries and departments to improve the policy landscape, to make it more inclusive and open. In this process, the office has consulted respective stakeholder groups for devising policy reforms for promoting innovation and tech transfer in the space sector, responsive regulatory processes in remote sensing, easy access to geospatial data, and others.

National Digital Livestock Mission

  • Concerned Ministry(ies)/Department(s): Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying
  • The Office of PSA invited a Fellow with international experience to assist the DAHD to set up a blueprint for the National Digital Livestock Mission. This collaboration between DAHD and the Office of PSA resulted in a reimagined architecture for India's livestock management. The NDLM is currently being rolled out by the department.

Procurement support

ETG secretariat is engaging with Technology Officers to support the adoption of technology in ministry’s functioning and service delivery. ETG secretariat has received a list of about 180+ problem statements across 35 departments and ministries. The secretariat has identified several potential partners for provisioning solutions to the line ministries/departments.

Urban Innovation Stack and SmartProcure

  • Concerned Ministry(ies)/Department(s): Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
  • Procurement of innovative products that do not have competitors in the market becomes difficult in a tender-based regime. In many cases, products directly meeting a stated need cannot be procured due to this limitation. An experimental regime for such situations has been devised in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, starting with the Smart Cities Mission. This system comprises a two-sided innovation discovery marketplace, CiX, and procurement guidelines called SmartProcure. The Smart Cities will be able to scope out potential technologies on the CiX platform, develop solutions collaboratively with startup companies, and provide orders through the SmartProcure guidelines
  • The AGNIi mission will be assisting the Smart Cities Mission to support the cities in the uptake of the SmartProcure system, including designing some early projects.

  • Urban Innovation Stack and SmartProcure
  • Technology Upgradation in CPSEs
  • Upgrading disaster response via Indian technologies
  • Upgrading border security via Indian technologies
  • Government e-Marketplace (GeM)
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