Technology transformation and new frontiers for collaboration: Conference Outcome Report

The UK India Business Council hosted a technology focused conference in New Delhi to bring together eminent leaders and experts from government, industry and academia to forge greater technology collaboration and ties. Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India, Prof. Ajay Kumar Sood delivered the keynote address at the ‘Technology transformation and new frontiers for collaboration’ conference to an audience of UK and Indian senior business leaders and stakeholders.

In a fireside conversation with UKIBC Group CEO Richard McCallum, PSA Prof. Ajay K. Sood said, “India has witnessed unprecedented growth in IT, Space tech, Defence, digital public goods, and many areas. To continue on this path of tech transformation, we need a forward-looking strategy.” Prof. Sood spoke of the development of emerging technologies taking place in India – such as A.I., quantum, blockchain, IoT. He said digitalisation and skill development are core to India’s development agenda.

The conference audience heard from Joint Secretary, DPIIT, Shri Balamurugan D; Minister and Deputy High Commissioner to India at the British High Commission in India, Christina Scott; and Senior Adviser to Group Chairman, HSBC, Lord Udny-Lister. Two industry focussed sessions discussed ‘technology innovations turbocharging India’s vision for an inclusive society’ and ‘leveraging public private collaborations on research and innovation’. Businesses and think tanks including Vodafone, Mahindra Group, Tata Elxsi, OMI Foundation, NIPFP, and Royal Society of Chemistry discussed the importance of research and innovation, including academic cooperation between the UK and India, green technologies and technology for social good, as well as other key areas of cooperation.

Read our Outcome Report which captures some of the insights and intelligence shared at the conference here:

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