At the grand opening of a 650 teraflops advanced supercomputing facility at the National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute (NABI) in Mohali today, the Minister of State for Union (Independent Loading) Science and Technology; Minister of State (Independent Officer) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Staff, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space Dr Jitendra Singh announced that the government will identify and promote 75 innovative start-ups in the 75th year of the independence of India and that this new supercomputing facility will serve as a facilitator for these Start-ups working in fields such as telemedicine, digital health, mobile health with BIG Data, AI, BlockChain and others technologies.
The minister added that the 75 best-chosen start-ups will be an asset for India to lead the country for the next 25 years, during celebrations for the centenary of India’s independence.
Speaking of NABI, said Dr Jitendra Singh, the facility falls under the National Supercomputing Mission (NSM) in conjunction with C-DAC, Pune. The Minister said that this high-end facility will be a boon for the analysis of BIG DATA from large-scale genomics, functional genomics, structural genomics and population studies conducted at various nationally and internationally renowned institutes and universities. .
Established at an approximate cost of Rs. 20 crore, the minister said, this 650 teraflop supercomputing facility will be unique to meet the needs of cutting-edge interdisciplinary research being conducted at the Institute related to agricultural and nutritional biotechnology. He said that it will also be available for scientists from NABI and the Center of Innovative and Applied Bioprocessing (CIAB) and will be open to collaborative work for scientists / faculties working in neighboring institutes / universities and for sanctioned projects in the NSM framework.
After the inauguration, Dr Jitendra Singh also launched two digital work platforms namely NABI-Labify and e-Office at NABI and CIAB as part of the âDigital Indiaâ initiative. NABI Labify is a unique software that facilitates the live tracking of funds, which are sanctioned for the purchase of equipment, consumables, labor, extramural projects, etc.
At another related event, Dr Jitendra Singh inaugurated i-RISE, the technology business incubator (TBI) in Mohali and said it will provide world-class research facilities to start-ups nationwide. . He said that with the formation of this technology business incubator, the city of Mohali will join the league of other start-up clusters in the country like Bengaluru and Gurugram. The minister hoped that TBI will be successful and eventually become the Unicorn start-up, adding to the ever-growing list of Unicorn start-ups in India. Currently India has 51 Unicorn startups (3rd highest in the world), he added.
Dr Jitendra Singh said that due to various programs, focus and support systems provided by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, 10,000 start-ups were registered in India in 2021 alone. He said the India now has more than 50,000 start-ups providing more than 2 lakhs of jobs in the country.
Dr Jitendra Singh said that, supported by the Department of Science and Technology and the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, IISER Mohali, the i-RISE incubator will work to transform and create a profound impact on the start-up ecosystem in the region, through innovation, adoption of knowledge and technology. The Minister added that DST has always taken the initiative to support scientific and technological innovations in the country and that these technology business incubators aim to support start-ups by researching, supporting and developing innovations.
Dr Jitendra Singh informed that over the past 7 years of the Modi government, India has grown steadily in the global start-up ecosystem and now has a network of over 500 incubators supporting innovation and entrepreneurship across the country. He said that in terms of the number of tech-based start-ups, India’s ranking is right next to the United States and India has moved up to 46th in the global index of innovation.
(With inputs from GDP)