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Atos and Indian Government Sign HPC Agreement to Support India’s National Supercomputing Mission

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Atos signed a HPC agreement with the C-DAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing), an organization within the MeitY (Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology of India), in the presence of the French Minister for External Affairs Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian, and the Secretary of the Minister of Electronics and IT India, Mr Ajay Prakash Sawhney, in New Delhi. This agreement is part of India’s NSM (National Supercomputing Mission).

“We’re delighted to officially become today the technology partner of C-DAC for HPC-related platforms and to participate in India’s prestigious NSM (National Supercomputing Mission) program.  We are honoured that our BullSequana supercomputers, will be empowering Indian academic and R&D institutions across the country to accelerate their research and at the same time support India’s ambition to be a leader in HPC.” said Pierre Barnabé, Chief Operating Officer, Big Data & Security at Atos.

“This new agreement illustrates the strategic relationship and partnership between France and India and will enable India to leapfrog to the league of world-class supercomputing power nations.” said Dr. Herman Darbari, Director General of C-DAC.

This project will see Atos deploy its BullSequana supercomputers, including the recently announced BullSequana XH2000 in various academic and research institutions, making Atos a leading supercomputing provider in India.

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Government Launches Three New Schemes to Boost Make in India

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Ministery of Electronics and IT (MeitY) has announced three new schemes with a vision to build a robust manufacturing ecosystem which will be an asset to the global economy. The three schemes are named Production Linked Incentive Scheme (PLI) for Large Scale Electronics Manufacturing, Scheme for Promotion of Manufacturing of Electronic Components and Semiconductors (SPECS) and Modified Electronics Manufacturing Clusters (EMC 2.0) Scheme. The three new Schemes are expected to attract substantial investments, increase production of mobile phones and their parts/ components to around Rs.10, 00, 000 crore by 2025 and generate around 5 lakh direct and 15 lakh indirect jobs.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a clarion call for Aatma Nirbhar Bharat – a self-reliant India. This does not mean India in isolation but India as a major country of the world with appropriate technology, capital including FDI and extraordinary human resource contributing significantly to the global economy” said Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Electronics and IT, Government of India.  

The PLI Scheme shall extend an incentive of 4% to 6% on incremental sales (over base year) of goods manufactured in India and covered under the target segments, to eligible companies, for a period of five years subsequent to the base year. The SPECS shall provide financial incentive of 25% on capital expenditure for the identified list of electronic goods, i.e., electronic components, semiconductor/ display fabrication units, Assembly, Test, Marking and Packaging (ATMP) units, specialized sub-assemblies and capital goods for manufacture of aforesaid goods. The EMC 2.0 shall provide support for creation of world class infrastructure along with common facilities and amenities, including Ready Built Factory (RBF) sheds / Plug and Play facilities for attracting major global electronics manufacturers, along with their supply chains.

According to Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, the triology of Schemes entail an outlay of about Rs. 50,000 crore (approximately USD 7 billion). The Schemes will help offset the disability for domestic electronics manufacturing and hence, strengthen the electronics manufacturing ecosystem in the country. The three Schemes together will enable large scale electronics manufacturing, domestic supply chain of components and state-of-the-art infrastructure and common facilities for large anchor units and their supply chain partners. These Schemes shall contribute significantly to achieving a USD 1 Trillion digital economy and a USD 5 Trillion GDP by 2025.

India’s production of electronics grew from USD 29 billion in 2014 to USD 70 billion in 2019 due to the government’s big efforts such as National Policy on Electronics, 2019, Modified Special Incentive Scheme (MSIPS), Electronics Manufacturing Clusters and Electronics Development Fund and etc. Promotion of electronics manufacturing has been a key component of Make in India program.

The growth in mobile phone manufacturing in particular has been remarkable during this period. From just 2 mobile phone factories in 2014, India now has become the 2nd largest mobile phone producer in the world.  Production of mobile handsets in 2018-19 has reached 29 crore units worth Rs. 1.70 Lakh crore from just 6 crore units worth Rs. 19,000 crore in 2014. While the exports of electronics has increased from Rs. 38,263 crore in 2014-15 to Rs. 61,908 crore in 2018-19, India’s share in global electronics production has reached 3% in 2018 from just 1.3% in 2012.

Source: PIB

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Central Government Initiated Consultation Process for New Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (STIP)

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The Indian government has initiated a consultation process for the formulation of a new national Science Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP 2020).

As per the statement, the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India (Office of PSA) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) have jointly initiated a decentralized, bottom-up, and inclusive process.

The fifth S&T policy of India is being formulated at a crucial juncture when India and the world are tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. This is only the latest among the many important changes in the past decade that have necessitated formulation of a new outlook and strategy for Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI).

As the crisis changes the world, the new policy with its decentralized manner of formation will reorient STI in terms of priorities, sectoral focus, the way research is done, and technologies are developed and deployed for larger socio-economic welfare.

According to the statement, The STIP 2020 formulation process is organised into 4 highly interlinked tracks.

Track I involves an extensive public and expert consultation process through Science Policy Forum – a dedicated platform for soliciting inputs from larger public and expert pool during and after the policy drafting process.

Track II comprises experts-driven thematic consultations to feed evidence-informed recommendations into the policy drafting process. Twenty-one (21) focused thematic groups have been constituted for this purpose.

Track III involves consultations with Ministries and States, while Track IV constitutes apex level multi-stakeholder consultation.

For Track III nodal officers are being nominated in States and in Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government of India for extensive intra-state and intra-department consultation.

For Track IV consultation with institutional leadership, industry bodies, global partners and inter-ministerial and inter-state consultations represented at the highest levels are being carried out.

The consultation processes on different tracks have already started and are running in parallel. The Track-II thematic group (TG) consultation started with a series of information sessions last week.

During the information sessions, Dr. Akhilesh Gupta, Head of Policy Coordination and Programme Monitoring Division of DST, made the presentations and steered the discussions. The sessions were attended by around 130 members of the 21 thematic groups along with 25 Policy Research Fellows and scientists of DST and Office of PSA.

“The STI Policy for the new India will also integrate the lessons of COVID-19 including building of an Atmanirbhar Bharat (self- reliance) through ST&I by leveraging our strengths in R&D, Design, S&T workforce and institutions, huge markets, demographic dividend, diversity and data,” said Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, DST

The six-month process involves broad-based consultations with all stakeholders within and beyond the scientific ecosystem of the country –including academia, industry, government, global partners, young scientists and technologists, civic bodies, and general public.

A Secretariat with in-house policy knowledge and data support unit, built with a cadre of DST-STI Policy fellows, has been set up at DST (Technology Bhavan) to coordinate the complete process and interplays between the four tracks.

Source: PIB

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Alankit Ltd. is no Longer a Facilitation Centre Service Provider for NSDL e-Gov

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NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Ltd. (NSDL e-Gov) has terminated the agreement with Alankit Ltd. as a Tax Information Network facilitator (TIN FC)/PAN Centre. Alankit Ltd. is no longer a facilitation centre service provider for NSDL e-Gov and cannot provide services on its behalf for accepting and processing PAN applications, e-TDS/e-TCS Statements etc. The termination is on account of non- remittance of PAN applications fees and TDS filing fees collected from applicants/filers to NSDL e-Gov.

Anyone desiring to apply for a PAN card or for making ‘Change Requests’ in a PAN Card can visit any of NSDL e-Gov’s 17,209 centres across the country or use Online services available on www.tin-nsdl.com. Also, e-TDS/e-TCS Statements filers can submit their Returns/Statements through any of the 4,142 centres across the country. A complete list of all NSDL e-Gov’s TIN facilitation centres/PAN Centres is available on the aforesaid website.

For any query/grievance relating to PAN /e-TDS Statements services provided by NSDL e-Gov, Applicants/Filers can send an email to tininfo@nsdl.co.in

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