Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on July 4 that India wants to become a “chipmaker of a chipmaker” during the inaugural ceremony of Digital India Week-2022.
During the first day of the event, Modi announced the first cohort of 30 institutions to receive assistance through the “Chips to Startup” (C2S) program.
The C2S program aims to train 85,000 people specializing in the field of VLSI and embedded systems design over a period of five years and to leapfrog into the ESDM space. It also serves as a catalyst for the growth of startups committed to fabless design.
The main objectives of this initiative are:
- Generate an industry-ready system/SoC design workforce to create a vibrant fabless chip design ecosystem.
- Promote industry-led R&D translational research and strengthen industry-academia collaboration, which is necessary to boost India’s start-up growth model.
- The culture of developing reusable IP cores and developing ASICs/SoCs/Systems for societal/strategic sectors.
- Broaden the ASIC/IC design base in the country by welcoming more academic institutions and start-ups for the design of Ips/ASICs/Systems/SoCs.
- Protection of generated intellectual property etc. and instilling the culture of entrepreneurship in students and researchers through the incubation of startups.
With the aim of developing cost-effective solutions to societal problems, it is expected that projects will be launched under the program in areas such as energy and healthcare, disaster management, safety and security. , emerging technologies, and an intelligent transportation system.
According to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, “the program would be implemented in about 100 academic institutions/R&D organizations across the country.”
“In addition to them, startups and MSMEs can also participate in the program by submitting their proposals under the University-Industry Collaborative Project, Grand Challenge//Hackathons/RFPs for System/SoC/IP Core Development( s),” he added.
It should be noted that these are part of India’s Semiconductor Mission, which aims to create a robust semiconductor design ecosystem.
Modi told the event that India was leading the world in the fourth industrial revolution, known as Industry 4.0, and warned that nations that do not embrace modern technologies will fall behind .
Moreover, he said that due to the Digital India initiative, the government is now on the doorstep and on the phone of the citizens. According to him, more than 1.25 lakh joint service centers and Grameen stores are now bringing e-commerce to rural India, and the technology is also being used to offer property documents for rural properties.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 4, 2022
“We have transferred thousands of crores of rupees to the bank accounts of crores of women, farmers, workers in the country with just one click, with the help of ‘One Nation’. A ration card, “we have provided a free ration to more than 80 million compatriots,” added the Prime Minister.
“We would like GENESIS to become your gateway to different support systems that include mentors, funds, presenting partners and your gateway to various government programs.” – Minister @AshwiniVaishnaw at #DIW2022
— Ministry of Electronics and Computing (@GoI_MeitY) July 5, 2022
He also highlighted the fact that “we ran the largest and most effective Covid vaccination and relief program in the world”.
“Through our Cowin platform, around 200 crore vaccine doses have been administered and certificates are issued,” Modi added.
According to the Prime Minister, the government has opened up new areas, such as space, mapping, drones, games and animation, which would broaden the future of digital technology for innovation during the examining how various sectors of the start-up ecosystem have changed since then. the introduction of the Digital India project.
He also pointed to the fact that in the coming years of this decade, arrangements like IN-SPACe (an autonomous one-stop agency under the Ministry of Space that was launched to ensure greater private participation in space activities India) and a new drone policy will revitalize India’s technological potential.
Furthermore, Modi praised India’s fintech effort and said it was truly a “by the people, of the people, for the people” solution, while adding that “there is scale, security and democratic values in our digital solutions”.
Ministers at Digital India Week
However, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Union Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, met British Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week, accompanied by a team of Indian startups, unicorns and d innovators.
On the second day of Digital India Week, he mentioned this meeting, stating that “seven British ministers came to meet these 50 start-ups”.
“Everyone in this government wanted to meet them, understand the successes of these startups,” the minister said while adding that “they admitted they wanted to recreate those successes in the UK.”
“During a conversation, Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer, said that India and the UK are now neck and neck in innovation and start-ups, but I had to tell him politely say he might have had it in the memo, but India is far ahead of the UK and Europe in terms of the innovation ecosystem represented by the 50 start-ups,” said MoS Chandrasekhar on July 5.
— Ministry of Electronics and Computing (@GoI_MeitY) July 5, 2022
He also said: “Digital India through the Ministry of IT and various programs including GENESIS will not only support growth but also engage with start-ups to act as a bridge between government’s own technology requirements and the startup and innovation ecosystem.”
On the second day of Digital India Week, the Minister of Railways, Communications and Electronics and Information Technology, Ashwini Vaishnaw was also present.
He also talked about the start-up program in India while citing Prime Minister Modi’s vision. The minister said that despite initial doubts from the opposition and others about the move, change has happened and India currently has over 100 unicorns, as well as over 70,000 start-ups.
According to Vaishnaw, to support and stimulate the start-up ecosystem, the government has consolidated all the different initiatives into one program called “GENESIS”.
“We would like GENESIS to become your gateway to different support systems that include mentors, funds, presenting partners and your gateway to various government programs,” he said, while addressing all the experts from the industry present at the event on July 5th.
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