10 December 2019

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Trend Study by Synchroniser highlighting Future ICT Priorities

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Prediction is always a critical aspect. Specially if it is to do with the industry trends it becomes all the more crucial to examine the entire landscape and get all possible inputs, before coming up with any conclusion. On the same lines, SYNCHRONISER, a project sponsored by the European Commission (EC) under Framework Programme 7 (FP7), and supported by the Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies (MCIT), Government of India, Is working on digging out the right trends for the ICT industry. A Panel Discussion titled "Future ICT Priorities for India" was organized recently. The outcome of this high powered panel discussion on future ICT priorities of India is incorporated in the report titled "Trend study on India's R&D Focus in the ICT Domain in the next ten years". This report will be submitted to the Dept of IT, Government of India and the European Commission providing an actionable roadmap for policy coordination and alignment to promote joint ICT research and innovation.

Explaining the importance of identification of priorities and the role played by SYNCHRONISER, Ms Katja Legisa, Project Manager of EU projects in India said, "To predict what a country will do in the near future is a big challenge. Nevertheless, given the growing importance of the ICT in India and world across, internalization of the ICT activity and collaboration between countries in this domain is becoming essential. For reaching this objective, identification and agreement of ICT priorities, first within each country and then between cooperating countries, is the first stepping stone."

SYNCHRONISER project partner from the Indian Institute of Science, Dr Mary Mathew, Associate Professor at the Department of Management Studies conducted a survey by interviewing 30 ICT visionaries from across India and analyzed the data gathered from these interviews using the Delphi Method. Dr Mathew presented the result of her analysis and also moderated the panel session. This interactive brainstorming discussion brought consensus on the future ICT research priorities for India recommended by the visionaries in the survey.

Speaking at the occasion Ms Mary Mathew said, "Two areas of focus emerged from our dialogues with the visionary sample. First, were Core Information and Communciation Technologies, including Internet access, embedded systems, sensors, cloud computing, for example, and second were technologies related to sectors, the first sector of focus being ICT for health care followed by ICT for energy."

The objective of SYNCHRONISER is to contribute to the EU-India policy dialogue in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) domain for better policy coordination and enhanced collaborative research activities. This objective is being realized by providing recommendations on future joint ICT research priority areas and identifying long term research priorities for India that will be matched with the EU priorities.

SYNCHRONISER project partner EIRC Consulting, Bangalore co-organised this Panel Discussion as part of the project with Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce (BCIC), under the aegis of IT & ITES Expert Committee during their one day Seminar on Industry Academia Connect named 'SAM - VRIDDHI : Partnering for Progress'



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