VAIBHAV Summit (2 October 2020)
VAIBHAV Summit (2 October 2020)
Why in News:
The virtual summit will be inaugurated by Hon’ble Prime Minister on 2nd October ’2020 in the virtual presence of registered academia and researchers from across the world.
VAIBHAV Summit is a global virtual summit of overseas and resident Indian Researchers and Academicians being organized from 2nd October to 31st October 2020. The aim of the summit is to bring Indian origin luminaries in academic institutes and R&D organizations across the world and resident counterparts on a single platform to debate upon collaboration mechanisms to strengthen academic and S&T base in India for global development.
Today, India diaspora is making outstanding contribution in the arena of global academics and research.
Currently, more than 6000 academics of Indian origin are part of the world’s 500 educational institutions, of which, over 1000 are associated with the leading research and development institute.
The summit seeks active support and ideation from Indian Diaspora for developing skills of Indian aspirants in alignment with the New Educational Policy.
NEP 2020 aims to pave the way for transformational reforms in school and higher education systems in the country.
Summary of the Debate
- It is a global summit of Overseas and Resident Indian scientists and academicians.
- The whole idea was mooted by honorable Prime Minister during one of the interactions with Indian scientists and he was of the opinion that while there have been multiple interactions at different levels between the Indian scientists overseas and the Indian domestic scientists but we need a structured platform where we could extend this kind of synergy in developing the science for tomorrow in a more structured forum.
- This is a part of deliberation, one moth long deliberation, almost 200 Indian institutions are involved and multiple institutions from various countries are also involved and through these collaborations, the idea is to come up with structured programs.
- This is a top down initiative, it is coming from the Prime Minister Office, but it’s also a bottom-up initiative in the sense, 200 institutions are now connected from India with multiple universities abroad. The idea is to discuss debate, identify real problems, identify where the collaborations are possible.
- To leverage the experience and expertise of the Indian scientists overseas to participate with India’s journey of technology development and which ultimately will lead to achieving the technological excellence and leading to the economic growth.
- To bring, large number of Indian scientists who are in different parts of the world, on a virtual platform and interact with scientists in India, on different subjects and come out with a roadmap as to how research can be done to come up with better ideas, better inventions, better discoveries and ultimately India to become a knowledge power.
- To lay proper policy framework with proper funding over a long term basis which will enabled the scientists to work on problems and find solutions and those solutions have to be also made use of by the industry to actually take it to the final product.
Key Focus Areas:
- Quantum technologies
- Communications technologies
- Artificial intelligence and machine learning
- Computational and data sciences
- Aerospace technologies
- It will be followed by online month-long deliberation sessions among researchers.
- Panel discussion on 18 verticals spread over 80 horizontals.
- Leading to more than 200 sessions.
- Participation of 200 academic and R&D institute of India.
- 1500 panellists across the world.
- More than 3,000 overseas Indian origin academicians and scientists from 55 countries.
- More than 10,000 resident academicians and scientists are taking part in the summit.
Need of such Summit:
- The problem of India is not with respect to knowledge generation, India ranks third according to the National Science Foundation Data last year, and India ranks third, only behind China and USA in terms of paper publications. The actual problem is converting knowledge back to wealth.
- There are not many people still interacting with the Indian scientists and even it’s also very asymmetric in the way, there are schemes for international scholars to come and work in India but there are no schemes for Indian scholars to go and spend some time in some of the finest institutions in the world.
- Implementation on the ground is necessary and that is where Indian institutions can play a major role.
- We need to be able to enter into more joint programs with Universities abroad. Indian PhD. Students and faculty should go abroad, spend time in various laboratories, and gain that International exposure.
- India needs to learn from countries outside like USA, Japan and UK. These countries are very successful in converting knowledge that they generate in to academia, in to solutions to the real problem.
Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN)
It was launched by Ministry of Human Resource Development in 2015.
VAJRA (Visiting Advanced Joint Research) Faculty Scheme
SPARC (Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration)
Important points made by the Guests
Dr. V. K. Saraswat, Chief Patron, VAIBHAV Summit
Prof. V. Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi
Dr. Aravind Vijayaraghavan, Head, Business Engagement, Faculty of Science & Engineering, University of Manchester