Innovation Must Drive “Make in India”

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Make in India” initiative calls for the creation of an enabling environment that can lead to the country becoming a hub for global manufacturing. Similarly, one can observe a strong articulation of government policy on infrastructure and on the improving of human capacity through programmes to enhance skills in the work force.

The 2014-15 Economic Survey is probably one of the first policy documents to address “Make in India” as a means to stimulate economic growth. The survey subscribes to a dominant stream of recent scholarly debate – that the expansion of the service sector, especially in IT, caused a slump in manufacturing, which has impeded overall industrialisation and growth, as India bids to keep pace with the advanced economies of the world.

Dr. Tabassum Jamal is Chief Scientist at the National Institute of Science Technology and Development Studies (NISTADS), an establishment under the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), of the Government of India in New Delhi. CSIR, with 38 laboratories across India, covers essentially all the branches of applied sciences and technologies.

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