Centre unveils ‘Manthan’ platform for better industry, R&D collaboration


To achieve the goals of the technological revolution in India, the Union Government has unveiled the ‘Manthan’ platform to drive collaboration between the industry and research institutes to implement technology-based social impact innovations and solutions in the country.

The platform aims to support the government’s efforts to foster industry participation in Research and Development (R&D), which is also evidence of the country’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The newly unveiled Manthan platform is powered by NSEIT, which is its trusted knowledge and technology partner, and is a 100 per cent subsidiary of the National Stock Exchange of India. It is a global technology enterprise that offers a wide range of services including digital, data analytics, automation, cybersecurity, and technology-enabled services.

Sharing his views on the launch of Manthan, Ajay Kumar Sood, the Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA), said “The launch of Manthan, a platform that promises to augment our efforts to build and nurture industry participation in R&D, is also a testimony of our commitment to the UN’s SDG goals, to the government.”

According to an official statement, the Manthan platform, which is powered by NSEIT, will aid in facilitating research and innovation, boosting stakeholder interactions at a larger scale, and sharing challenges related to various emerging technologies and scientific interventions, including those that have a social impact.

Further, the platform will serve as the required catalyst for the country’s transformation through creative thinking, inventive minds, and public-private-academia partnerships to fulfill the nation’s sustainability goals, said Parvinder Maini, Scientific Secretary, Office of PSA.

Moreover, under the direction of the Office of PSA, the newly unveiled platform would encourage knowledge transfers and interactions through information exchange sessions, exhibitions, and events to provide a framework for future science, innovation, and technology-led growth.

The Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA) is entrusted with the vision to enable and empower all spheres of science and technology within the country.

Anantharaman Sreenivasan, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of NSEIT, claimed that it will aid in the faster adoption of novel ideas, concepts based on science, and new technological outcomes across the country.

“Manthan will help new concepts, science-led ideas, and new technology outcomes find swifter adoption across the country. As a trusted knowledge and technology partner, we at NSEIT are thrilled to be associated with the Office of PSA and congratulate them on this prestigious initiative,” he added.

The Manthan Platform provides the necessary push to promote collaboration at scale between the demand side and supply side users. This will foster the growth of ideas to enhance communities through technology, and provide outcomes that can propel the country into many more glorious chapters.

Additionally, Manthan will empower to scale up the interactions among stakeholders, facilitate research and innovation, and share challenges in various emerging technologies and scientific interventions.

The launch commemorates India’s 75 years of independence – Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, presents an opportunity to bring national and global communities closer to India’s technology revolution, officials said.

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