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Skoch Challenger Awards 2016

Make in India: Dr Ajay Kumar, Additional Secretaty, Deity

The Electronics manufacturing industry in the country historically saw little investments into domestic production due to the inherent advantages of importing electronics into India.

However, over the last two years, due to the policy actions under the Make in India programme – India has seen investment proposals worth Rs. 1,20,000 crore in the Electronics Manufacturing sector.

Not only is Ajay Kumar to be credited with helping create innovative solutions such as the development of an Indigenous Conditional Access System for Set Top Boxes - a project undertaken in PPP mode which has yielded a product which will roll out in the national and international markets.

His efforts have also helped in the creation of an Electronics Development Fund which is largely focused on developing technology start-ups. This fund is dedicated to innovation, R&D, and supporting start-ups in the Electronics and IT sector. This promotion of innovation is an important fillip to electronics manufacturing in India.