The Defence sector has shared a new thought of “Design and Make in India”. They say “Make in India”, is not a complete solution for the Intellectual and defence growth and development of the Country. Former Secretary of Department of Defence R&D, Dr V K Saraswat points out that “Make in India” is rather an Expensive and ineffective proposition. Importing parts and technology and assembling here in India, increases the cost, and there is no skill development in this process.
He suggested, if we “Design and Make in India”, it will be a good and a bold start. We already have talent and brain here. We just have to have a proper integration system to make the talent come under one roof. Research and Production should be under one roof. This will slowly but steadily give a new face for India, in the technology sector. The Defence intelligent system will also get a great boost.
This can be stepped up by inviting and motivating private sectors to participate in this change. Indian Private companies can efficiently be a part of the R&D, and grow along with the country. This approach will finally lead to a situation that our design will be exported and the production may happen in some other country.
Related to FDI, Saraswat said, “The FDI hike from 26 per cent to 49 per cent is going help India in improving Defence capabilities. If appropriate norms/terms are set, India will gain. FDI can come to India but at our terms and conditions. Good policies make no