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Five DRDO Young Scientist Laboratories were announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Bengaluru today which will focus on researches related to artificial intelligence, quantum technologies, and cognitive technologies. The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Young Scientist Laboratories (DYSLs) are located in five cities, which are Bengaluru, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad.
PM Modi stated, “In the field of defence manufacturing, DRDO will have to come up with new innovations to make India self-reliant. In promoting a Vibrant Defense Sector in the country, DRDO’s innovations have a huge role in strengthening Make in India.”
He further added, “India cannot be left behind by anyone. Investment on future technology is necessary and innovation is also necessary to protect our citizens, their borders and their interests.”
Narendra Modi also said that these labs would help in shaping the pattern of research and development in the field of emerging technologies in the country. Furthermore, he asked the scientists to prepare a definite roadmap for the new decade where DRDO should be able to set the direction and pace of scientific research in various fields in India.
Addressing the scientists, the Prime Minister said that India’s Missile programme is one of the outstanding programmes in the world. He also appreciated the Indian Space Programme and air defence systems.
Where the Five DRDO Young Scientist Labs Will Function
The establishment of the five DRDO Young Scientist Labs lays down the foundation for research and development of futuristic technologies. Each lab will work on key advanced technologies of importance to the development of futuristic defence systems, which are artificial intelligence, quantum technologies, cognitive technologies, asymmetric technologies and smart materials.
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- Research in the area of rapidly evolving Artificial Intelligence will be carried out at Bengaluru.
- The all-important area of Quantum Technology will be based out of IIT Mumbai.
- The future is dependent on Cognitive Technologies and IIT Chennai will house the lab embarking in this area of research.
- New and futuristic area of Asymmetric Technologies, which will change the way wars are fought, will be based out of the campus of Jadavpur University, Kolkata.
- The research in the hot and critical area of Smart Materials and their applications will be based out of Hyderabad.
On behalf of DRDO fraternity, Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Chairman DRDO and Secretary, Department of Defence R&D, Government of India and Director General, Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), thanked PM Narendra Modi for dedicating the Young Scientist Laboratories to the Nation.
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