DRDO should refocus to play more active role in research and development: Defence Minister

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Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said DRDO should refocus to play more active role in research and development. Launching Mission Raksha Gyan Shakti in New Delhi to boost intellectual property in the defence sector, Mrs Sitharaman said the purpose of this mission is to increase self-reliance by reducing the transfer of technology and dependence on foreign companies for the technologies. She said there is keenness among people to return from Silicon valley and do startups in India.

The minister said the defence ministry will have to do much more to attract innovation. Saying Mission Raksha Gyan Shakti should take all new ideas to its logical conclusions, Mrs Sitharaman urged the defence ministry to connect innovators with manufacturers.

AIR correspondent reports that the ministry has set a target to reach filing of one thousand intellectual property applications in year 2018 - 2019 under Mission Raksha Gyan Shakti initiative. It has already filed 126 applications and 45 are in the process till September this year. (AIR)

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