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Niti Aayog may call for short-duration R&D projects

With research and development proving to be the need of the hour, especially in countries like India where these fields have been lacking, the Niti Aayog has reportedly been working on recommendations to transform research and development.

“Niti Aayog recommendations”

These recommendations and proposals will be focusing particularly in research and development on short-duration projects which will address immediate challenges and provide quicker results as per V K Saraswat a member of the Niti Aayog and former Director-General of the Defence Research and Development Organisation. He added that they are consulting other scientists and institutions in this regard.

“Short duration projects”

“We are basically now trying to find a way to transform the R & D to satisfy the challenges. We are beginning with some suggestions that, for instance, the time has come that we’ll need to combat short-duration projects on mission mode and deliver in the shortest possible time,” Saraswat told the press.

“This is that the quite strategy we’ve to evolve for research and development, we can’t take long duration projects which are getting to extend over a period of 4-5 years and give results. No,” the previous Scientific Adviser to the Defence Minister stated.

“Need of the hour”

He called the initiative as being the “need of the hour” as it was becoming more and more necessary to solve the immediate problems that arise and that research and development need to concentrate on short duration, quick results projects, and deliver to the industrial sector for product ionisation as soon as possible.

“Available and prevalent in all institutions”

The former minister added that research and development need to be all “pervasive”. It needs to be accessible to all types of institutions, whether public, private, public-private partnership model, or collaborative. He added that the boundaries between private, public, national laboratories, academic institutions should completely become impervious. “There should be full-flow and collaboration,” he said.


Addressing the need for cooperation, she said that “we should not work in silos,” and that we should work together instead. He added that in the last one and a half months, it has been demonstrated that institutions, labs and academia have worked together and come up with solutions during a fast mode to satisfy the challenges posed by COVID.

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