September 24, 2020

STPI to have India’s largest incubation ecosystem with 21 centres in a yr: STPI DG

NEW DELHI: State-owned Software program Expertise Parks of India (STPI) expects to have the largest ecosystem of incubating new applied sciences within the nation by organising 21 centres of excellence, a high official of the organisation mentioned on Friday.

Throughout a web based seminar organised by the PHD Chamber of Commerce on the utilization of blockchain know-how within the agriculture sector, STPI Director Normal Omkar Rai mentioned the organisation has deliberate 21 centres of excellence (CoEs) to incubate new applied sciences in numerous sectors, and 12 of those centres are already operational.

“We’ve got centres of excellence in autonomous related electrical autos, IoT (web of issues), augmented and digital realities, animation and gaming, meditech, blockchain, and so forth,” Rai mentioned.

He added {that a} complete of 21 CoEs have already been deliberate and “STPI goes to have the nation’s largest incubation ecosystem in know-how in a yr”.

Rai mentioned STPI is collaborating with business, academia and all stakeholders to develop new applied sciences in numerous verticals.

“Out of 21, we now have already launched 12 CoEs. Three centres are devoted to agriculture. We’ve got launched one in Guwahati and one other in Gurugram within the title of Apiary. We are going to launch one other centre anytime quickly in Patna,” Rai mentioned.

Agriculture, forestry and fishing collectively contribute round 17 per cent to India’s gross home product, and about half of the nation’s inhabitants depends on the sector for his or her livelihood.

Rai mentioned India is the second-largest producer of farm merchandise on the planet and nonetheless must develop up within the worth chain.

He additionally mentioned there’s a must undertake trendy applied sciences to reinforce manufacturing in agriculture in addition to give attention to branding to construct belief and reap excessive advantages.

“We’ve got to reinforce our branding primarily based on belief, transparency and traceability. Whereas protecting all different points fixed, we now have a variable which is branding. Everyone seems to be keen on natural however how will we construct belief. Blockchain is one know-how that may create belief across the origin and high quality of the merchandise,” Rai mentioned.

He added that agriculture is a sector that’s not a lot explored by way of utilization of recent applied sciences.

“There are loads of alternatives the place one can create merchandise, options and know-how,” Rai.