The role of technology in the economic progress of a nation is well recognized and appreciated, efforts are being made globally to develop technology strengths and make the industries competitive, for well-rounded development of the society. The developing countries specially have shown a marked rise in the pace of economic growth in recent years with focus on Science, Technology & Innovations. If the trends available are to be believed, there is likely to be a shift in economic power towards the third world countries in the 21st century.
Changes in the global economic scenario, growing aspirations of Indian population for better living and the fact that India would be a developed nation by 2035, have challenged TIFAC to delineate a Vision for the country. Having commended Technology Vision 2020 in the 1990s to catapult India into the league of developed countries, TIFAC has now geared-up itself to deliver Technology Vision 2035 for India.
To be prepared on a consultative framework, the Technology Vision 2035 would take into account our capabilities and competitiveness, accommodate regional aspirations, priorities & disparities and placed as a referential document. The vision, it is hoped, will inspire and prompt the stake-holders across the spectrum to chart technological trajectories through subjective interpretations.
Towards evolving this document, a mammoth visioning exercise has been taken up to envision the technologies that would be required to take on the scenario in 2035. To be rooted in the people’s aspirations/ perception about India in 2035 and the technologies that will enable their realization, exercise is being done through interaction with stake-holders, brainstorming meetings at regional level, group meetings with experts, thematic questionnaires and theme-based interactive sessions with young students, faculty & technocrats etc.
In order to get comprehensive insights into deep future, Advisory Committees comprising of expert groups have been formed to cover the 12 thematic areas
1. Educational Technologies
2. Energy Technologies
4. Food and Agriculture
5. Global challenge issues
7. Information & Communication Technologies
9. Materials & Manufacturing Technologies
10. Medical science & Health Care
12. Water Technologies
These Committees are mandated to oversee generation of Scenario Reports for respective sectors. An apex body comprising of the social scientists, economists, S&T leaders and Chairpersons of Advisory Committees will guide in synthesis of Technology Vision 2035 from scenarios in the Reports from all the sectors put together. The draft document is proposed to be put in public domain for inviting suggestions before it is formally released.