TIFAC is an autonomous organization set up in 1988 under the Department of Science & Technology to look ahead in technology domain, assess the technology trajectories, and support innovation by networked actions in select areas of national importance. TIFAC continues to strive for technology development in the country by leveraging technology innovation through sustained and concerted programmes in close association with industry and academia.While inaugurating the 103rd Indian Science Congress in Mysuru, Hon'ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi released the Technology Vision 2035 prepared by TIFAC. This is being followed by release of Technology Roadmaps in 12 thematic areas of national priorities and importance namely, Education, Medical Science & Health Care, Food and Agriculture, Water, Energy, Environment, Habitat, Transportation, Infrastructure, Manufacturing, Materials and Information & Communication Technologies (ICT).
TIFAC embarked upon the major task of formulating a Technology Vision for the country in various emerging technology areas. Under the leadership of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, the then Chairman of TIFAC, Technology Vision 2020 exercise led to set of 17 documents, including sixteen technology areas and one on services. In more than 25 years of its service to the nation, it has delivered number of technology assessment and foresight reports.
Recently, Hon'ble President of India conferred Rani Lakshmibai Award (Nari Shakti Puraskar 2015) upon TIFAC for its scheme KIRAN-IPR that is empowering women in R&D through training on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR).
HighlightsFollowing are the highlights of some of the activities of TIFAC undertaken over years:
- Mega Foresight Exercises (Unique in the world)
- Technology Vision 2020 – Fired imagination for a developed India by 2020
- Technology Vision 2035 - Paradigm shift towards a citizen centric vision
- Focused Technology Foresight / Assessment / Techno-market Survey reports – Provided technology trajectories for various stakeholders in more than 300 areas
- Mission mode / targeted programmes in select sectors of national importance
- Sugar Technology Mission – Infused technology resulting in enhanced productivity, quality and efficiency
- Fly Ash Mission – Led to quantum jump in fly ash utlization from 3% to more than 50%
- Advanced Composite Mission – Introduced over 30 novel composite products for civilian sectors towards enhancing efficiency and durability
- Umbrella Scheme on Technology Vision 2020 Projects in Mission Mode – Catalyzed development of technologies for a developed India
- Mission for Application of Technology to Urban Renewal & Engineering (MATURE)- Pilot scale intervention, later JNNURM launched
- National Mission on Bamboo Applications – Resulted in formation of a full fledged new organization NECTAR
- Collaborative Automotive R&D (CAR) Programme – First model for pre-competitive technology development through consortia
- Patent Facilitating Centre – Ushered IP culture, enhanced patenting by orders of magnitude & created 10% of active patent agents in India through KIRAN-IPR Programme (Women Scientist Scheme)
- Home Grown Technology Programme – First technology derisking model for SMEs
- Technopreneur Promotion Programme (TePP) – First model to tap innovative potential of Individuals
- Technology Refinement & Marketing Programme (TREMAP) – First programme to link Individual’s innovation to market
- TIFAC-SIDBI Technology Innovation Programme (Srijan) – Scaled up lab innovation to market level
- To set up specialized sub-groups for examining and evaluating the existing state of art of technology and direction of future technological developments in various cross-sectoral areas as well as in other sectors of the economy, both in India and abroad and to prepare technology forecasting reports, covering 10 years or longer periods, specially in production areas involving
(a) substantial investments of financial resources and
(b) a large volume of production.
- To obtain from appropriate sources and project the estimates of the nature and quantum of the likely demands of goods and services in various sectors of the economy against 10 and 25 years’ time-frames on the basis of
a) ‘normative’, and
(b) ‘exploratory’ approaches and to suggest the direction and extent of technological changes that might be considered necessary in order to fulfill these demands in the light of the existing or anticipated resource base of the country.
- To prepare Technology Impact Statements, with a view to uncovering the likely implications and consequences, both desirable and undesirable, of the existing as well as newly emerging technologies upon society, indicating to decision-makers, through generation of future-oriented scenarios, their short-term and long-term implications.
- Based on the T.I.F. & A. Studies and with a view to –
(a) ensuring timely availability of requisite technologies relevant to the needs of the country on futuristic basis and minimizing the time gap between the development of new technologies and their utilization and
(b) establishing a purposeful linkage between technology development and technology import policies, to identify priority areas of research in relation to the socio-economic, environmental and security needs of the country; to evolve and suggest strategies for technological developments based on such priorities; and to draw up programmes of purposeful research in various sectors.
- In order to fulfill the above objectives, to devise and set up suitable Information Collection, Analysis and Programming groups.