IAS officers, academics, and startups were brought together to brainstorm innovative solutions with an emphasis on self-reliant indigenous technologies

Chennai, 7-9th February 2022

Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, Government of India (DARPG), in collaboration with Indian Institute of Technology Madras and IIT Madras Research Park (IITMRP) organized a three-day symposium on ‘Imagining India @2047 through innovation’ between 7th and 9th March 2022.

Across the three days of the Symposium, over 400 selected delegates in-person & those joining in virtually observed thematic presentations under the overarching theme of ‘Research and Development,’ and ‘Innovation and Digital Governance,’ by senior IIT Madras Faculty, Entrepreneurs & IAS officers.

The insights into the evolving technologies across ten varying themes of innovation not only provided delegates with the opportunity to ideate, conceptualize, & strategize the Vision 2047 with each other during the Symposium but effectively established the foundation for strong collaborations to translate in scale in the subsequent years to come.

The following areas were presented across the three-day Symposium on the earlier established sub-themes:

1. Topic: Water @2047: A glimpse into the challenges and opportunities

Presented by: Padmashri Professor T Pradeep, Institute Professor, Deepak Parekh Institute Chair Professor, & Professor of Chemistry in IIT Madras, Founding faculty – International Centre for Clean Water (ICCW)

2. Topic: How can we make India the leading example of large-scale affordable healthcare by 2047?

Presented by: Professor Mohanasankar S, Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, head of IITM’s Healthcare Technology Innovation Centre (HTIC)

3. Topic: “Telecommunications in 2047”

Presented by: Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Former Director of IIT Madras, Head of Centre of Excellence in Wireless Technology (CeWiT)

4. Topic: Disability and Assistive Technologies: Challenges and Opportunities

Presented by: Professor Sujatha Srinivasan, Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Head of TTK Center for Rehabilitation Research and Device Development (R2D2) at IIT Madras, Founder of Neomotion

5. Topic: Digitising Transactions

Presented by: Professor Gaurav Raina, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Madras, Chairman of the Mobile Payment Forum of India.

6. Topic: How soon can India get to net-zero?

Presented by: Padmashri awardee Professor Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Institute Professor of IITM, President of IITM Research Park, IITM Incubation Cell and RTBI

7. Topic: Updation of Regulations for Accommodating Innovations in Housing and Construction

Presented by: Prof. Ravindra Gettu, Dean for Industrial Consultancy and Sponsored Research, & V.S. Raju Chair Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, at IIT Madras

8. Topic: Asset Integrity Monitoring of Physical Infrastructure

Presented by: Prof. Krishanan Balasubramanian, Chair Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Head of the Centre for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE) at IIT Madras

9. Topic: A 25-year roadmap for universal higher education

Presented by: Professor Andrew Thanagaraj, Faculty, Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Madras, NPTEL coordinator at IIT Madras

10. Topic: From creating financial inclusion to ensuring Financial Freedom

Presented by: Mr. Puneet Gupta, Co-Founder of Kaleidofin

11. Topic: Digital Governence

Presented by: Smt. Varnali Dekha, IAS, Deputy Commissioner & District Magistrate, Kokrajhar, Assam with additional charges of Director, Bodoland Administrative Staff College & Secretary, Bodoland Territorial Council.

12. Topic: Inclusive growth in the Indian Agri Value Chain

Presented by: Mr. Anil SG, Founder & CEO, Samunnati

13. Topic: Innovation – Does it have a structure: Case studies from Automotive Engineering.

Presented by: Prof. R Krishna Kumar – Institute Professor, Perry L. Blackshear Institute Chair, Department of Engineering Design, IIT Madras

14. Topic: Evolution of AI in enhancing Information and Security for Industries

Presented by: Mr. Tarun Mishra, Co-Founder & Chief Strategist, Detect Technologies

15. Topic: Why Design-in-India is as important as Make-in-India for being truly AtmaNirbhar

Presented by: Mr. Srinath Ravindran, Co-Founder & CEO, Agnikul Cosmos

16. Topic: People-centric, accessible & innovative governance

Presented by: Shri Jitendra Kumar Soni, IAS, MD, NHM

17. Topic: Biomicrofluidics- why biomedical research must change

Presented by: Professor Sarit Das, Institute Chair Professor, IIT Madras

18. Topic: Unlocking value for dairy farmers through Digitization

Presented by: Mr. Ranjith Mukundan, Co-Founder & CEO, Stellapps Technologies

19. Topic: The electric future of mobility

Presented by: Prof. Kannan Lakshmi Narayanan, Co-Founder of Motorz & Founder, Director of Fractal Foundation

Apart from the thematic presentations, each diverse nucleus consisting of academia, government, and entrepreneurs were given the platform to present the innovative solutions that came through from their collaborative exchanges across the Symposium.

Going forward, a detailed Vision paper will be prepared by each of the larger merged groups which will be updated every six months over the next three years. These documents will be evolved continuously to develop the roadmap for Vision India 2047.

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