35th TIFAC Foundation Day : February 10, 2022

After traversing very successful 34 years of journey, TIFAC celebrated its 35th Foundation Day on February 10, 2022, in its new office at Technology Bhavan, Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg. Dr S Chandrasekhar, Secretary DST, Prof Devang Khakhar, Chairman, TIFAC Governing Council (GC), Dr Rajesh Kumar Pathak, Secretary, TDB and a few other TIFAC Governing Council Members graced the Occasion. Secretary, DST made a quick visit to the TIFAC new office before joining the foundation day programme.

Prof Srivastava, Executive Director, TIFAC extended warm welcome to all the guests with a bouquet of flowers and a memento. He made a brief presentation on different activities of TIFAC highlighting several success stories. He highlighted the imprints made by TIFAC in country’s sociotechno-economic scenario specially the Technology Vision documents, innovation ecosystem, technology infusion in the MSME sectors, International collaborations and IPR domain.

A short film, prepared in house on TIFAC success stories was also screened. On this occasion, two specialised reports on "Smart healthcare ecosystem for India" and "Specialty Chemicals- Opportunities for India" were released by Dr S Chandrasekhar, Secretary- DST. Contents of both the reports were narrated by TIFAC scientists.

Secretary, DST congratulated TIFAC for its successful and eventful completion of 34 years of journey since its inception in 1988. He welcomed Prof Devang Khakkar, the Chairman of TIFAC Governing Council. He appreciated the vast coverage of TIFAC activities starting from Technology forecasting, Technology visioning, Technology information, Technology Innovation, to Technology Assessment and IPR management. He said TIFAC has a very important role to play in Indian S&T ecosystem. He suggested that TIFAC should strengthen its foresight activities and advise Govt. regarding upcoming technologies, analyse their impact on India’s economy, formation of policies etc. He wished all successes to TIFAC for its future endeavour.

Prof Devang Khakhar, the new Chairman of TIFAC GC, welcomed all the guests and TIFAC staff in the TIFAC foundation day. He said that 34 years is a very long journey for any organisation and TIFAC has performed its journey pretty well. He said TIFAC played a very important role in the domain of forecasting. He specifically mentioned about Technology Vision 2035 document which have projected technology trajectories for the country. However, he advised that TIFAC’s report should be of international standard. The report should be based on thorough analysis of data analysing future plausible scenarios. He appreciated TIFAC’s effort in technology innovation and assessment initiatives. He also joined Secretary DST in wishing good luck to TIFAC for its continued contribution in technology foresight and defining future technology path for the nation.