Minister of State for Defence M.M. Pallam Raju on Monday asked private industries to become motivational tools for scientists working in defence labs and harness the spin-off benefits of defence technology.

Addressing the gathering, after a Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremony under the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)-Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Accelerated Technology Assessment and Commercialisation (ATAC) Programme here, Mr. Raju said some of the technologies developed by the DRDO’s 50 laboratories have immense applications in industry and everyday life.

V.K. Saraswat, Scientific Adviser to the Defence Minister and Director-General (Defence R&D), said the DRDO has unveiled a robust programme of collaborating both with public sector undertakings and private industry, and with academies. Academicians will help innovate, industry will assist in delivery, while the DRDO would serve as their interface, he added.

Over 100 scientists have worked with industry under the two-year-old ATAC programme, Dr. Prahlada, Chief Controller R&D (Services Interaction) of the DRDO said.

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FICCI Secretary-General Amit Mitra said 45 technologies — including the Explosive Detection Kit, High Altitude Pulmonary Oedema Chamber, Electrochromic Glass, and Reverse Osmosis-based Mobile Water Purification System — have already been identified for commercial exploitation.

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