HYDERABAD: The Defence Ministry responded positively to the State government’s request to start the defence incubator centre in Hyderabad. The incubator will help more search conducted in the field of defence.
Announcing that defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman was inclined to set up a defence incubator in T-Hub, industries and IT minister KT Rama Rao has expressed happiness about the development.
Earlier, Rama Rao handed over a letter to the defence minister requesting her to set up a defence incubator centre keeping in the view the defence eco-system in Hyderabad. “Responding to the request, Nirmala Sitharaman informed me that the defence incubator will be set up in the T-Hub by utilising funds from the recently-launched central government scheme Innovation for Defence Excellence (iDex),” according to a press release from KT Rama Rao’s office here on Friday.
Sitharaman further informed KTR that the iDex would give fillip to research in defence and aerospace sectors being carried out by medium, small and micro enterprises (MSMEs), start-ups and individuals, according to the release.
The industries minister recalled that DRDO and ten other defence organisations owned by the central government, 25 private institutions and around 1,000 MSMEs were working in defence and aerospace sectors in Hyderabad.
“After the formation of Telangana state, the government has been according top priority to defence and aerospace sectors, and attracting investments in these sectors. If the defence incubator is set up in Hyderabad, the existing defence and aerospace eco-system will be further strengthened. We will extend all the required help to the central government if a defence incubator is set up at T-Hub, the country’s biggest incubator centre. We will allot space for it in the second phase of T-Hub,” Rao said.
Making borders stronger
The proposed defence incubator will work in the fields of prototyping, testing incubation scale and skill development
It will encourage more research in the field of defence
It will help in developing a strong ecosystem in defence sector besides acting as a platform for start-ups
Hyderabad is a top priority city for defence innovation hub proposed by the Centre as it has defence public sector establishments, T-Hub and several top-notch professional and academic institutions
DRDO and ten other defence organisations of the central government, 25 private institutions and around 1,000 MSMEs are working in defence and aerospace sectors in Hyderabad