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Not just business, foreign companies will now have access to space technology | India News


BENGALURU: India has modified its technology transfer (ToT) policy for the space sector to allow foreign companies direct access to technologies developed by Isro and the department of space (DoS) for the first time.
Isro has at least 500 technologies ready for transfer, of which some 400 already belong to more than 233 private Indian companies and are open to more companies. Now, foreign companies can also access most of these technologies, but proprietary dual-use technologies and other sensitive technologies will have restrictions.
“ToT activities are mainly aimed at domestic utilization of technologies developed by DoS-Isro by Indian industries. However, in the context of liberalization and globalization, ToT requests from foreign companies will be encouraged according to the Government-issued guidelines, “Policy ToT and Guidelines-2020, as revised by TOI, says.
However, such requests will be reviewed and processed on a case-by-case basis and the terms of the license will be established considering the merits of the organization, the intellectual value of the technology and its commercial potential, among other things.
K Sivan, DoS Secretary, told TOI that before, technologies were open only to Indian industries, but it is time to push more technologies to market, and the decision to give foreign companies access to DoS / Isro technologies will help this.
“Allowing foreign companies to access our technology has two objectives: to bring more talent and investment to India and to ensure that Indian products enter the global market. Therefore, foreign companies that want to access our technology will need to invest in India. either by establishing directly here, or through ties with Indian companies, “Sivan said.
Lab-Mkt through private companies
In another development, the space agency will now allow private Indian companies to work to bring space research to market through product development in collaboration with Isro.
“Processes and prototypes developed in the laboratory need further development or expansion to be successful in the marketplace. This specific custom development could take place with the help of an interested industry under the guidance of an interested scientist / engineer,” says the politics. .
Isro centers will facilitate incubation efforts and decide modalities and, under this program, companies will be able to work directly with Isro on product creation, moving away from the existing system where private companies source fully developed technologies / products to assemble or manufacture.
“The first right of refusal for technology transfer will be granted to the industry partner’s collaboration with Isro and the DoS will decide on incubation opportunities for startups and MSMEs,” said the DoS.
PV Venkatakrishnan, Director of the Isro Capacity Development Program Office (CBPO), said: “We have already encouraged R&D and entrepreneurship among young people through various programs distributed in national institutions. Now, we want to be able to work closely with industry on product development, or improvement of existing products, for which they will receive support. Modalities will be defined. ”
The newly formed New Space India Limited (NSIL), a core power supply, is mandated to commercialize the technologies developed by DoS / Isro. The technologies that are approved for transfer will be transferred to NSIL through an internal agreement that will allow the latter to transfer the technologies with technical support extended from Isro to the industry grip and training.
Incentives for Isro scientists
The policy provides for the creation of a technology transfer organization in Isro and ToT will be organized through a centralized Technology Transfer Group (TTG). This centralized office will interact with all Isro centers through ToT Cells (TTC) at the center level. The TTG will be responsible for the proposals being reviewed by the Centralized Committee of ToT (CTTC).
In addition, it will formalize the appropriate recognition in the form of incentives and awards for successful cases of technology transfer in various centers / units of Isro.
Isro scientists and engineers will be motivated to carry out technology transfer activities in addition to the usual project activities in which they participate.
ToT to NGOs and community organizations
Arguing that NGOs and other community organizations (CBOs) play an important role in the development of the weaker sectors of the community, as well as in the provision of services in local and rural areas, the policy says that these organizations can access technologies ‘derivatives’ that can have more social applications.
“NSIL will not have to pay the cost of ToT to the DoS and must, on a non-exclusive basis, transfer technologies to NGOs and CBOs with appropriate discounts on license fees / royalties. These decisions can be made by NSIL in an appropriate manner,” says the politics.
However, NSIL cannot commit to any financing or investment on your part for the successful application of such technology.

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