Technology Development Board (TDB) has been instrumental in incorporating Global Innovation & Technology Alliance (GITA) alongwith the group companies of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on November 29, 2011 as a PPP, not-for-profit Section-8 company with 49% and 51% equity partnership respectively. GITA name has a symbolism in India; and with that philosophy, it has proven to be an innovative platform of the Government of India and Indian Industrial R&D set up, to encourage investments on innovative technology solutions through Mapping technology gaps, Evaluating technologies available across the globe and Forging techno-strategic collaborative partnerships appropriate for Indian economy.
6th Foundation Day of GITA, 29th Nov 2017
GITA Board meeting, 20th Aug 2018
GITA has been successfully managing various National and Bilateral Industrial R&D and Technology Acquisition projects in partnership with DST, MeitY, DHI, DRDO, DIPP & M/o MSME with focus on sectors of national relevance i.e. affordable healthcare, clean technologies, energy and transportation, advanced manufacturing, capital goods sector, defence & aerospace, information & communication technology, electronic system design & manufacturing, water technologies, bio-technology, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, oil & gas, food & agro technologies, robotics & automation etc. Within 5 years of inception, it has helped execute 83 projects, 57 under Bilateral activities and 26 under National programmes with a fund commitment of ~Rs. 112 crores. GITA’s programmes are aligned with various GoI national missions i.e. Make in India, Digital India, Swachh Bharat, Smart City Mission, National Health for All, Power for All, National Water Mission, Renewable Energy Mission etc.
I came on the Board of GITA as Co-Chair when I joined as Secretary, TDB in October, 2015. The journey has been commendable with successful launch of Bilateral Programmes of DST with countries like Canada, Finland, Israel, Italy, Republic of Korea, Spain and UK. India-Israel Industrial R&D and Technological Innovation Fund (I4F) launched in January, 2018 is going to be the game changer and so would be Technology Development Fund (TDF) programme of DRDO. While in bilateral programmes, GITA aims to foster and support the industrial collaborative R&D projects bringing together Indian and foreign counterpart industry, research organizations, universities & other collaborators, in national programmes such as TDF with DRDO, Technology Acquisition Fund Programme (TAFP) with DHI and Technology Acquisition & Development Fund (TADF) with M/o MSME, it aims to commercialize indigenous technologies leading to self-reliance. GITA already has many success stories to their credit!
Looking back at the vision with which GITA was created, I feel proud to be associated with them…..I am amazed on what it has accomplished in small period of time, specially taking on the projects and programmes that many Government Departments/Ministries failed to execute due to inherent deficiencies; and watching it move aggressively in right direction. While I bid adieu to GITA on 20th August, 2018 as co-chair, I wish them all the success in years to come in shaping India’s innovation and technological development ecosystem.
As I prepare to leave TDB, and officially lay my hands off as the co-chair of GITA Board, I would fondly remember everything that has happened in last three years….Our Chairman, Mr. Vikram Kirloskar, who despite his busy schedule and commitments, took out time to be present in all Board meetings/events as he valued collaboration with the Government….the previous CEO, Dr. Suprotim Ganguly, an energetic robot, who broke through the shackles of many ministries to bring-in programmes for GITA, one who talked insistently under single breath only to be interuppted by Mr. Kirloskar; the dignity and elegance of Ms. Ratika Jain, the new CEO, who conducted the last meeting on 20.8.2018 so perfectly; Sh. J. B. Mohapatra, Ex-FA, DST, with financial fineness as that of an eye of an eagle; Dr. Arabinda Mitra, Ex-International Head, DST, sorting out all languishing bussinesses of GITA at DST; Sh. B. Anand, AS & FA, DST, who in his first meeting expressed that GITA would have been better off with TDB; and the new Head, IBCD, DST, Sh. S. K. Varshney, who would be instrumental to “walk the talk” in future as DST steps-in in place of TDB and my dear friend Anjan, BhishmPitamah of GITA………
And mostly, I would perpetually recapitulate the philosophical talks of Mr. Deep Kapuria emoting that the Indian Industry HAS a robust in-house R&D in place; and how government departments could help change the technological landscaping of India leading it to join the club of “Technology Superpower”!!!
Mr. Kapuria, surely, I would wait for a pair of Reebok shoe specifically designed for me and delivered through a drone at the balcony of my Home and many more such feats….
Fond Memories that would ever last!
Dr. Bindu Dey
Secretary, Technology Development Board
05th September, 2018