Defence Current Affairs - 2020

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DRDO offers free access to its 450 patents

The Defense Research and Defense Organization has allowed free access to its 450 patents. The organization intends to provide a boost to domestic industries, especially startups and the strategic sector that has a network of 50 national laboratories that are involved in research and development

Highlights

The DRDO operating under the Ministry of Defence will offer complete access to its patents without charging royalty fees or licensing fees. It includes all the technologies related to life sciences, missiles, naval systems, electronics and communications, combat engineering, aeronautics.

Following DRDO, other R&D bodies like CSIR (Council of Scientific Industrial Research), ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research), NRDC (National Research and Development Corporation) and ICAR (Indian Council of Agricultural Research) will also portfolio their patents. However, they would charge licensing fees and royalty.

DRDO Industry Synergy Summit

As a part of the new ToT policy of zero loyalty, a one-day DRDO-Industry Synergy Summit is to be scheduled. The summit will discuss the required policy frameworks to be created to increase the success rates of its implementation. Also, discussions on high technology collaborations and defence manufacturing will be held.

Significance

The step is a great welcome to startups, industries and entrepreneurs. Also, this is the second time DRDO is offering such free access to its patents. Initially it happened for the first time in 2000 when Dr APJ Abdul Kalam was the principal scientific advisor. However, the access was restricted to CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) members alone.

The move will also support Make in India, Transfer of Technology policy and Domestic Production Policy that boosts domestic industries. Also, it will help India achieve the defense production target of Rs 90,000 crore set for the year 2019-20.

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President’s Colour awarded to Indian Naval Academy

President Ram Nath Kovind and Supreme Commander of Indian Armed Forces, awarded President’s Colour to Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala at Kochi, Kerala. The President’s Colour is the highest honour bestowed upon a military unit. It was awarded to INA in recognition of the yeoman service rendered by the institution in training and shaping Indian Naval officers over the last 50 years at three different locations – Goa, Kochi and Ezhimala. To commemorate this occasion, a special postal cover was also released by the President.

Important Facts

Indian Navy was the first of the three armed forces (others being Army and Air Force) to be awarded the President’s Colour on 27 May 1951 by then President of India Dr. Rajendra Prasad. Besides INA, Southern Naval Command, Eastern Naval Command, Western Naval Command, Western & Eastern Fleet as well as Submarine Arm are others units of Indian Navy to be awarded similarly.

About Indian Naval Academy

It was first established at a temporary location at Kochi, Kerala in 1969. With the increase in strength of the trainees, it was relocated to INS Mandovi at Goa in 1986. Later INA found its permanent home at Ezhimala, Kerala and was inaugurated on 8 January 2009.

Over a period of 10 years, INA, Ezhimala has commissioned 5930 officers into Indian Navy and Coast Guard including 531 women officers. It has present strength of 963 trainees including 44 women trainees and 26 trainees from friendly foreign countries.

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