Aatmanirbhar Bharat: Decade of Science & Technology Panorama Unveiled

The progress made over the last 10 years in the realm of science and technology is for all to see. The work done in the last decade is helping in realising the vision of making the next 10 years as India’s Techade

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“A Decade of Science - Technology Panorama for Aatmanirbhar Bharat" report was unveiled by Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Science and Technology (S&T), Minister of State for Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and Department of Space (DoS) Dr. Jitendra Singh, in the event held on 14th March 2024 at Vigyan Bhavan. The Technology Panorama report captures the glimpse of technological advancements made by various Ministries and Departments of Government of India. The report is prepared by the Office of Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India (OPSA) under the leadership of Prof. Ajay Kumar Sood (PSA), in collaboration with the Foundation of Advancing Science and Technology (FAST) India with contributions from 22 Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government of India.  


Unveiling of Report: "A Decade of Science - Technology Panorama for Aatmanirbhar Bharat" [from left to right: PIB ADG Dhiraj Singh, PSA Prof Ajay Sood, Hon’ble Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh, Scientific Secretary Dr. Parvinder Maini, Co-Founder FAST Varun Agarwal]

Technology Advancement Overview

“The progress made over the last 10 years in the realm of science and technology is for all to see. The work done in the last decade is helping in realising the vision of making the next 10 years as India’s Techade” - Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi

The launch event was joined by Secretary (Earth Sciences) Dr. M. Ravichandran, Secretary (Biotechnology) Dr. Rajesh Gokhale, senior officials from various ministries, senior officials from PIB, media representatives, invited guests from academia and industry and colleagues from Office of PSA and FAST. ADG Press Information Bureau Shri Dhiraj Singh welcomed all the dignitaries and shared a few insights on India’s technology advancement journey in the last decade through some of the references from the “Technology Panorama” report.

“Advancements in science, technology, and innovation are powerful drivers for progress and it shapes economies, enhances quality of life, and propel nations toward a brighter future” - emphasised PSA Prof. Sood in his opening remarks. He also presented the highlights of the report and mentioned that this report captures key missions and initiatives by the Govt of India through the lens of (a) systematic capability building, (b) pushing frontiers of research for future preparedness, (c) enabling research and development in areas of national priorities, and (d) ensuring citizen impact through scientific improvement. In his presentation, Prof. Sood touched upon key highlights with respect to technological advancements in sectors including Energy, Exploration, Public Service, Agriculture, Livestock and Biotechnology, and Health.

Shri Varun Aggarwal, Co-founder, FAST, stated that while reports of similar nature usually look at S&T metrics of papers, patents, etc., the uniqueness of this report lies in looking at the impact of science on furthering India’s social and economic goals. He further mentioned that what is captured in this report is just the tip of the iceberg with respect to the actual scale and depth of impact that Indian S&T ecosystem has achieved in the last decade. He also expressed his aspiration that these achievements will have a multiplier effect in coming years and India is poised to become a top S&T nation globally.

Chief Guest, Hon’ble Minister Dr Jitender Singh, while delivering his special address, highlighted that there is a growing sense of esteem in Indian science and scientists, and our S&T ecosystem is poised to make the country a frontline nation in the world. Dr. Singh also recounted the immense contribution made by pioneering Indian science leaders such as Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, Prof. C V Raman, Dr. Homi Bhabha, and Dr. S.S. Bhatnagar in laying the foundation for India’s growth trajectory.  He emphasised that our S&T advancements not only increase our national capabilities but also set global benchmarks. Dr. Singh talked in detail about success and impact of some of the key national missions such as Mission Covid Suraksha, and AROMA mission and underscored the importance of industry and private partnerships for success of many such missions. He also provided the anecdote of DBT and Bharat BioTech partnership during covid pandemic as a successful example of Government-Industry partnership.

Hon’ble Minister delivering his address as Chief Guest of the launch event.

Minister Dr. Singh shared his thoughts on how various technology missions and initiatives of Govt of India are designed with a commitment to enhance the lives and livelihood of farmers, rural and marginalised communities. Remembering Hon’ble Prime Minister’s famous ‘Startup India Standup India” clarian call from 2015 Red Fort speech, Dr. Singh underscored the remarkable growth of India’s startup ecosystem – from being from 350 startups to over a lakh, with the emergence of numerous unicorns in different sectors. Minister Dr. Singh also spoke about salient features of various missions such as Deep Ocean Mission, Green Hydrogen Mission, Quantum Mission, Semiconductor Mission, and policies for biomanufacturing, drone deregulation etc. He pointed out the leadership role India is taking in various global efforts including International Solar Alliance and Global Biofuel Alliance. “Science and Technology is a great Democracy Equaliser” - Dr. Singh mentioned in his closing statement.

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Scientific Secretary Dr. Parvinder Maini, in her remarks, mentioned that this report not only highlights our country’s accomplishments but also emphasizes the crucial role of S&T in shaping the developmental trajectory of Viksit-Bharat towards 2047. She concluded the event with a vote of thanks to the Hon’ble Prime Minister for his visionary leadership, invaluable guidance and for penning down an inspiring message for the report. She thanked Hon’ble Minister Dr. Jitender Singh  for joining the event and unveiling the report, Member, NITI Aayog Dr. V. K Saraswat, for his constant support and guidance from the inception to the completion of the report, PSA Prof. Ajay Sood, for his leadership, guidance and constant encouragement, Secretaries and officials from 22 Ministries, Departments, and Agencies of Govt of India, who have contributed to his report, FAST India team for compiling and collating the knowledge-enriched “Technology Panorama” and the team at the OPSA for coordinating the report as well as for the successful conduct of the launch event.

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