Manthan is expected to potentially change the landscape of science and technology-based social impact innovation and solutions in India.
The Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA) to the Government of India (GoI) has announced the launch of a new platform that aims to promote collaboration between industry and the scientific research and development ecosystem to help meet India’s sustainability goals in alignment with the UN defined Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) charter. The launch commemorates India’s 75 years of independence – Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.
Led by the Office of PSA, the platform named ‘Manthan’ is expected to potentially change the landscape of science and technology-based social impact innovation and solutions in India. It will facilitate knowledge transfers and interactions through Information Exchange sessions, exhibitions, and events to develop a framework for future science, innovation, and technology-led growth. The aim is to scale up the interactions among stakeholders, facilitate research and innovation, and share challenges in various emerging technologies and scientific interventions, including those that make a Social Impact. NSEIT will power it.
Prof. Ajay Kumar Sood, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India, noted that the Government of India was committed to taking the country to the forefront of science and technological advancement for real-world applications.
“The launch of Manthan, a platform that promises to augment our efforts to build and nurture industry participation in R&D, is also a testimony of our commitment to the UN’s SDG goals,” he said.
Dr. Parvinder Maini, Scientific Secretary, Office of PSA, said the platform will provide the necessary fulcrum for transforming the country through innovative ideas, inventive minds, and public-private-academia collaboration to achieve our sustainability goals.
Ashishkumar Chauhan, MD & CEO, National Stock Exchange of India Limited (NSE), said that the platform had all the makings of becoming a global platform. “I congratulate the vision outlined by the Honorable Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi for Digital India and Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat, and commend the Office of the PSA and its partners for building an ingenious and innovative platform, that is ready for the world,” he said.
Anantharaman Sreenivasan, MD & CEO, NSEIT, noted that the platform will help new concepts, science-led ideas, and new technology outcomes find swifter adoption across the country. “As a trusted knowledge and technology partner, we at NSEIT are thrilled to be associated with the Office of PSA and congratulate them on this prestigious initiative,” Sreenivasan added.