BEL organises national level seminar on “Role of Startups in Defence”

Mr Gowtama M V, CMD, BEL (third from left), seated on dais along with (L-R) Mr A Selvaraj, GM (Indigenisation), HAL, Dr Ajit T Kalghatgi, Director (R&D), BEL, and Mr Muralidhara R H, Director (Defence), BEML, during the national level seminar on “Role of Startups in Defence”, organised by BEL in association with HAL & BEML Ltd, on January 9, 2017, at the BEL Officers’ Club, Jalahalli, premises.

A one-day national level event was organised by BEL in association with HAL and BEML, Bengaluru, on January 9, 2017, at the BEL Officers’ Club, Jalahalli, premises. The objective of the programme was to provide a platform for Defence PSUs and start-ups to showcase mutual capabilities, create awareness on avenues and opportunities and to facilitate interaction with each other to help identify areas of partnerships in manufacturing as well other areas like design, development and services.

The seminar stressed on the fact that Indian DPSUs, BEL and HAL, are increasingly looking at Indian startups for small, low-cost military grade innovations to minimise imports to achieve self-reliance and indigenisation. DPSUs need ideas that can become workable military devices at the earliest and startups in Defence Electronics or Aerospace must brave stringent quality and reliability standards and upgrade constantly to stay in the race. BEML brought out the point that opportunities exist for startups even in the form of reducing the weight of the trucks so that they can carry more equipment or help them to monitor the tyre condition better. 

In additionto the startup companies from across India, the seminar was attended byofficials from Department of IT, BT and S&T, Government of Karnataka,Incubation Cells, academicians, members of industry associations like NASSCOM,IESA, ELCINA and officials from BEL, HAL and BEML. Various policies of theGovernment of Karnataka for startups, registration procedure, areas ofinterest, funding by Government of Karnataka, the way forward, etc werehighlighted in the presentations. 

As many as72 participants representing around 40 startup enterprises from across Indiaand around 60 officials of BEL, HAL and BEML attended the programme. Someof startups who made presentations during the seminar include TantragyanSolutions, Signal Chip Innovations (P) Ltd., Crion Technologies, Zumi Solutions(P) Ltd., Lekha Wireless Technologies, ProInn Consuyltancy, Open InventionNetwork, Asmaitha Wireless Technologies Ltd., Elseq Technologies of Bengaluruand Trinity Simulations (Pune) & Aarjay International and MEL Systems(Chennai).

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