NEW DELHI, Nov 17: Addressing the “SMARTecIndia” Curtain Raiser meet here today, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space,Dr Jitendra Singh underlined the Start-Up ecosystem saying that nothing can motivate youngsters better to take up Start-Up initiatives than the success stories that reach them by word of mouth.
Lauding the “SMARTecIndia” initiative” to be held from 3rd to 15th December, Dr Jitendra Singh said, Start-up ecosystem has thrown up immense livelihood opportunities for youth in India and it is gaining rapid footprints in rural areas. He said, India has emerged as one of the fastest-growing innovation-led economies in the world.
The Minister said, India is emerging as among world top leaders in the area of Science & Technology and recently it entered the list of top 50 innovative countries reaching to 46th position in the Global Innovation Index 2021.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, despite the economic distress caused by the pandemic, the Indian StartUp ecosystem already has 35 new unicorns, surpassing the projected numbers this year. He said, Modi Government’s recent push towards building an AtmaNirbhar India has placed Indian startups at the forefront of innovation and value creation. He said, the collaboration with industry and stakeholders needs to be systematically harnessed for realizing the vision of a new resurgent India.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, Indian Start-Up ecosystem continues to be the third largest in the world, with multiple levers propelling this remarkable growth. He also noted that India has also consistently improved its business and innovation environment and is now ranked 63 among 190 economies in the ease of doing business, according to the latest World Bank annual ratings.
The Minister said, all Industry Associations like ASSOCHAM, NASSCOM, CII, and FICCI have contributed immensely to the growth of StartUps ecosystem. He said,various Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) and MNCs are all engaging with the ever-evolving innovation and startup ecosystem in the country and many Ministries and Departments i.e DST, DBT, DSIR, DRDO, ICMR, ICAR, MSME, and MeitY are actively contributing to foster the Startup led innovation ecosystem in the country.
Dr Jitendra Singh informed that the Department of Science and Technology has been supporting SMARTecIndia Initiative since last year and this year again DST has joined hands with ASSOCHAM for SMARTecIndia2021 to celebrate, reward and recognize the spirit of innovation and provide a global platform to the Indian technology startups, MSMEs and market leaders to showcase their products and services. He said that DST is also driving Tech led missions in the new areas of Clean Energy and Water – particularly in clean coal technology, methanol, solar energy, smart grids, smart buildings, carbon capture and utilization. Another major mission of DST, the National Supercomputing Mission aims to upgrade the country’s total computing capacity to 45 petaflops, he added.