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Engineers conclave concludes on a positive note

At the conclusion of the ‘Engineers Conclave-2013’, key recommendations such as the formulation of an aerospace policy, government investments for selective infrastructure required for aerospace manufacturing, setting up an ‘Aviation University’ and enhanced budget for Research and Development in Government sector as well as in private industries, were established.

Panel discussions and brain storming to evolve solutions for problems faced related to production and manufacturing in aerospace sector on one hand and those associated with the development of Sunderbans region on the other hand, were highlights of the final day’s proceedings.

The conclave concluded with a valedictory function chaired by R Chidambaram, principal scientific advisor to the Government of India, in the presence of Avinash Chander, Conclave chair and DRDO chief, G C Patil, secretary, Department of Defence Production, Baldev Raj, president, INAE besides scientists from DRDO, Department of Atomic Energy, Indian Space Research Organization, Ministry of Earth Sciences, INAE fellows and big wigs from the industry.

Speaking on the occasion Chidambaram stated that in order to become a knowledge based economy, we must have the stomach for being the first introducer of new technology. ‘In order to initiate such programs before we have a global market, support from the government and support from user is needed, who should be willing to live with systems with somewhat lower specifications, but satisfying the important critical requirements’.

‘The potential is huge for the aerospace industry and manufacturing sector’, stated conclave chair, Avinash Chander, summing up the two-day long deliberations and recommendations that emerged during the conclave. He stated that there was a current requirement of 2000 missiles and 20 LCAs per year against a current production capacity of 200 missiles and 2 LCAs per year.
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