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Hyderabad: European Commission (EC)-sponsored project Synchroniser in association with the Government of India has released a new report that provides an actionable roadmap for policy coordination and alignment to promote joint information and communication technology (ICT) research and innovation in India.
The report titled "Trend study on India's R&D Focus in the ICT Domain in the next ten years" also incorporates outcome of recently organised Panel Discussion titled "Future ICT Priorities for India" in Bangalore on future ICT priorities of India.
Synchroniser Project Manager of EU projects in India Katja Legisa said given the growing importance of the ICT in India and world across, internalization of the ICT activity and collaboration between countries in this domain is becoming essential.
“For reaching this objective, identification and agreement of ICT priorities, first within each country and then between cooperating countries, is the first stepping stone," Legisa said.
The report was prepared by Synchroniser project partner from the Indian Institute of Science, Mary Mathew, by interviewing 30 ICT visionaries from across India and used Delphi Method to analyse the data gathered from these interviews.
Mathew said, "Two areas of focus emerged from our dialogues with the visionary sample. First, were Core Information and Communciation Technologies, including Internet access, embedded systems, sensors, cloud computing, for example, and second were technologies related to sectors, the first sector of focus being ICT for health care followed by ICT for energy."
Synchroniser, the project sponsored under the Framework Programme 7 (FP7) by EC, aims to provide a platform for the EU-India policy dialogue in the ICT domain for better policy coordination and enhanced collaborative research activities.
The report realises this objective by providing recommendations on future joint ICT research priority areas and identifying long-term research priorities for India that will be matched with the EU priorities.
The report will be submitted to the Department of Information Technology, Government of India and the European Commission.