In ongoing North East Research Conclave organised by IIT Guwahati a Talk on “Atmanirbhar Bharat – Indian Army Initiatives towards Self Reliance” was delivered by Lt Gen DS Rana AVSM, YSM, SM General Officer Commanding, Gajraj Corps on 21st May 2022 at Bhupen Hazarika Auditorium at Guwahati. The talk was aligned to the vision of apex leadership of the Government of India and initiatives undertaken by the Indian Armed Forces with a focus on the integration of civil-military establishment in the field of self-reliance.
During the course of the talk he explained the characteristics of future battles which would be waged based on emerging technologies and applications in a multi-domain environments encompassing Land, Air, Sea, Cyber, Information and Space. He stated that future battle space would be shaped by technological superiority which would drive the outcome.
The need for Atmanirbharata in defence sector was further emphasised by the speaker in changing the geopolitical situation globally and the dynamic security environment along Indian borders. He elucidated that self-reliance is going to be an important component of crucial military capabilities. During the talk, he also highlighted steps undertaken in defence sector under the Atamnirbhar initiative. He conveyed that there is a need to encourage Reaserch and Innovation in Academic Institutions with a focus on certain disruptive technologies like AI, Quantum Computing, Drones and many more.
The Atmabirbhar initiatives undertaken by Armed Forces was also covered in detail during the lecture leading to the creation of the Army Design Bureau, harnessing of startup culture and also the encouragement of civil-military collabration to foster Innovation and Technology development through iDeX innitiative. He also elucidated that institutions such as IIT Guwahati which has a total of 287 running research projects and elaborate student exchange and joint collaboration setup with large number of Countries has the wherewithal to take up defense-related R&D and also facilitate delivery with Industry Partners. He also invited IIT Guwahati to participate in EAST TECH Symposium planned at Kolkata in July 2022.
The speaker also motivated the volunteer students to join Indian Army, an organisation which presents multi faceted opportunities and challenges as a way of life not a profession.
Lt Gen DS Rana conveyed that at the local level a coordination mechanism has been established between Eastern Command, Gajraj Corps and IIT Guwahati to work out solutions to certain technological challenges peculiar to Eastern Theatre. The visit of Lt General RP Kalita, Army Commander, Eastern Command to IIT Guwahati has also enhanced the level of integrated approach towards R&D. In the end he complimented Director IIT Guwahati and his entire team for the successful conduct of the conclave.