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Current Affairs: India to have certified technology & Mission Director, Unique identification Authority of India

commercialization specialists to Shri R. Bhattacharya, IAS (AP:78), Senior Adviser in the

Consultancy Development Centre ( CDC ) has launched a Planning Commission beyond 30th June, 2009 and until the
project for training and certification of Technology successor to the post of DG & Mission Director, UIAI joins.
Commercialization Specialists in the country. As part of this
project around 200 experts/specialists/consultants will be Current Affairs: Telecom sector directly contributes
trained on various aspects of technology commercialization, more than 1.5% to India’s GDP
beginning with technology assessment to technology SHRI KAMAT LAUNCHES TATA GSM MOBILE
transfer, leading to mass manufacturing. SERVICE IN MUMBAI
The proposed training process will expose the pool The contribution of Indian telecom sector to the
of experts and scientist/engineers from R&D Institutions to growth of India’s economy is immense. It is directly
commercialization process for few model technologies contributing more than 1.5% GDP of the country, has a
having potential for commercialization. The training process multiplier effect on growth because of connecting the people
will also deal with various aspects of technology and business around it. This was stated today by the
Commercial viability; organizational set up; transfer Minister of State (Communication & Information
process; technology transfer package; legal issues for Technology) Shri Gurudas Kamat in Mumbai at the Launch
commercialization; field support and marketing function of Tata’s GSM Mobile Service.
technology/products/solutions. The Indian telecom Industry is the 2nd largest
The project, expected to be completed in six wireless market in the world with a total wireless subscriber
months would train and certify Technology base of 435 million at present, it is targeted to reach 771
Commercialization Specialists across technologies – million by 2013. In addition to this, we have nearly 37.66
biological, chemical, mechanical and electronics. These million landline subscribers. India has one of the cheapest
Technology Commercial Specialists will subsequently work cell phone rates in the world.
with R&D engineers in the lab to facilitate transfer of “Connecting rural India” for both voice and data
technologies from the lab to the manufacturers for bulk connectivity is the main target of India’s telecom industry.
production, thus reaching out the benefits of public funded Expressing satisfaction over the fact that the 74% of new
R&D institutions to the masses. With the training of lab wireless subscribers are now coming from our rural areas as
personnel on technology commercialization process, the compared to 42% from urban, the Minister said that we also
success of R&D efforts would be visible in tangible mandated the Government owned telecom providers to
parameters, leading to greater credibility for indigenous accelerate rural broadband wireless deployment this year.
R&D efforts. Talking about the India’s telecom equipment
This pioneering initiative launched by the manufacturing sector the Minister said that this sector is also
Consultancy Development Centre will fill a long standing set to become one of the largest globally by 2010. These
gap of technology commercialization know how faced by manufacturing facilities, apart from making India self
public funded labs in Science and Technology, Defence, reliant, generate a lot of secondary employment. Sustained
Telecom, Space, Agriculture, Medicine and other fields. Government efforts in this area have yielded results and
Consultancy Development Centre (CDC) is an have enabled to achieve the objective of making India as a
autonomous institution of the Department of Scientific and leading manufacturing hub for electronics, IT and telecom,
Industrial Research (DSIR), Ministry of Science and he added.
Technology, set up as a nodal organization for promotion, Shri Kamat said that the government is working on
development and strengthening of consultancy skills and many more initiatives to further improve the telecom sector.
capabilities. CDC has a network of more than 20000 These new initiatives include to bring inclusive connectivity
consultants/consultancy organizations/experts representing to both rural and urban India; mobile number Portability
Technical, Engineering and Management disciplines spread which will not only give more choices to customers but also
across the country. CDC is also the secretariat for promotion lead operators to further improve their services to retain
of Consultancy among 15 countries of Asia Pacific Region their customers and auctioning spectrum for 3G and
under TCDPAP. More information is available on WiMAX within this financial year. Complimenting efforts of Tata Tele Services
Maharasthra Limited the Minister said “Digital Mumbai”- a
Current Affairs: UK Bansal appointed Special Secretary vision for broadband anytime, “anywhere in Mumbai” is a
(IS) vision to create a digital infrastructure to enable Mumbai to
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved take its rightful place among world cities.
he appointment of Shri U.K. Bansal, IPS (UP:74) as Special
Secretary (Internal Security), Ministry of Home Affairs in Source: PIB
the vacancy of Shri Raman Srivastava, IPS.
The competent authority has approved the
continued assignment of additional charge of the post of DG