Science and Technology in the Union Budget 2022

Prime Minister addresses the Plenary Session

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The Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA) along with several scientific ministries and departments of the Government of India organized a webinar titled “Technology-enabled development” on March 2, 2022. 

Hon’ble Prime Minister delivered the plenary address, touched upon the budget provisions, and urged the stakeholders to work in collaboration and develop a seamless roadmap for implementation and aim for optimal outcomes. He further emphasized that the webinar would be the first step towards this collaboration. For complete text of the PM’s address, Click here

The Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA) to the Government of India set the context for discussions which was followed up by thematic breakaway sessions. 

Watch the Prime Minister’s address, here

Given below are the themes and sub-themes of each breakaway session.

(A) Breakaway 1 - Building a strong 5G ecosystem for service delivery
This breakaway session was coordinated by the Department of Telecommunications which consisted of the following sub-themes:

(a) Sub-theme 1: PLI Schemes of DoT and MeitY promote ‘Make in India’ of 5G products including semiconductor fab, mobile phones, and design-led manufacturing.
(b) Sub-theme 2: Design, development, and creation of technologies for affordable broadband and mobile service proliferation in rural and remote areas.

To watch breakaway 1, Click here

(B) Breakaway 2 - Science & technology towards a circular economy
This breakaway session was coordinated by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) which further consisted of two parallel breakaway sessions. 

1. Session 2A
(a)  Sub-theme 1: E-waste 
(b)  Sub-theme 2: Energy efficiency and savings measures

2. Session 2B
(a)   Sub-theme 1: Green energy and low carbon technology development strategy
(b)   Sub Theme 2:  Next-Generation Mobility, Battery Swapping, and EV Policies 

Watch breakaway 2 here and here

(C) Breakaway 03: Promoting R&D, Human Resources in emerging areas
This breakaway session was coordinated by the Department of Science & Technology (DST) which further consisted of two parallel breakaway sessions.
(a)  Sub-theme 1: Revitalising industry-academia collaboration: catering to entire innovation and technology life cycle
(b)  Sub-theme 2: Geospatial technologies Transforming India through geospatial knowledge

Watch breakaway 3 here and here

(D) Breakaway Session 4: Emerging technologies for sustainable development
This breakaway session was coordinated by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) which consisted of two sub-themes.
(a)  Sub-theme 1: Energizing Startups and Deep Tech with Data and AI
(b)  Sub-theme 2: Making India Global Hub for Data Centre and AI

To watch breakaway 4, Click here

Closing remarks

The Plenary 2 started with the address of Dr. Parvinder Maini, Scientific Secretary, Office of PSA. It was followed by presentations by Secretaries of the lead departments who summarized each breakaway session.

The gathering was then addressed by Shri. Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship; and Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India; Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister of State (I/C) for Science and Technology, Minister of State (I/C) for Earth Sciences and Minister of State for Prime Minister's Office, Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Atomic Energy & Space, Government of India, and Shri. Ashwini Vaishnaw, Minister of Communications, Electronics & Information Technology, and Railways, Government of India.

To watch plenary 2 for these addresses, Click here

The PSA emphasised the need to accelerate the speed of standard development in all sectors while delivering the concluding remarks. Furthermore, Indian data and Indian scientific and technological prowess should aim to address Indian problems first by integrating the demands into actions. Manufacturing in electronics, IT and other sectors should be scaled by accounting of challenges in pushing from intent to execution. The Computer Aided Design (CAD) allows for connectivity right from shoelace, to space to key values. It will be important to open up the public sectors for appropriate private interventions.

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