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Defence institute on cards in MP

A top Union government official on Thursday batted for a defence technology institute in Madhya Pradesh that would work on advancements in the country’s defence system.

bhopal Updated: Sep 30, 2016 11:48 IST
PhD degree holders and engineers taking pledge after receiving medals at the convocation ceremony of RGPV in Bhopal on Thursday.
PhD degree holders and engineers taking pledge after receiving medals at the convocation ceremony of RGPV in Bhopal on Thursday.(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT photo)

A top Union government official on Thursday batted for a defence technology institute in Madhya Pradesh that would work on advancements in the country’s defence system.

G Satheesh Reddy, scientific advisor to the defence ministry and director general Missiles and Strategic Systems, said technological advancements were important in the defence sector and soon defence ministry is going to release Rs 100 crore for research in the field.

“Madhya Pradesh can play an important role in the field of technological research in defence by developing an institute,” Reddy said at the convocation ceremony of Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya.

Minister of state for technical education Deepak Joshi, who was also present, made a prompt announcement of setting up such an institute in Bhopal, Indore or Jabalpur. Students there will contribute to India’s defense sector through their engineering skills.

Reddy told HT the central government will provide all technical help in developing the institute and also in research work.

Explaining the need of such institutes, he said: “Despite progressing well in the past 25-30 years in defence, we are still the world’s largest importer of arms. We feel very bad about it.”

“The advanced nations have developed many latest technologies. They are progressing with frontier technologies. We catch their technologies 5- 10 years later,” he said.

Lamenting the fact that Indian soldiers do not have advanced weapons with them, he said: “We need to take a quantum jump to do research in advanced and futuristic areas. Then only we will be able to sell to the entire world. For this jump, we need to have academic institutes, research and development institutes like DRDO, PSUs and private industries.”

“Like software development, we need innovation in defence through researches,” he added.

“Even, the infiltration on the border area from Pakistan will be checked through technology. We are developing such technologies which will used for fencing at border areas to stop infiltration totally,” he added.