Vice Admiral AV Subhedar, Chief of Materiel delivered the opening address and stated that the seminar is a step in the direction of realizing the dream of â€œMake in Indiaâ€. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral RK Dhowan in his inaugural address brought out the need to harness cutting edge of technologies to increase the indigenisation content in future ships, submarines and aircraft.
Honâ€™ble Raksha Mantri, Shri Manohar Parrikar in his keynote address called upon the industry to play a significant role in accomplishment of national security as well as the nationâ€™s quest for self reliance. The minister appreciated the role of DRDO in supporting the efforts of the Navy in achieving their goals towards indigenization and lauded the efforts put in by the Indian Navy and CII for their efforts in supporting the nationâ€™s thrust on â€œMake in Indiaâ€. Honâ€™ble Raksha Mantri also released the document titled â€œIndian Naval Indigenisation Plan (INIP) and released the compendium of technical papers of seminarâ€.
The gathering was also addressed by Shri Sukaran Singh and Shri Anil Ambani who gave the industry perspective of Innovation and Indigenisation. Ms Shubhra Singh JS, DIPP also addressed the gathering during the inaugural session.
The seminar is spread over two days and is being attended by senior Government Officials, leaders from Ship Building Industry, Captains of Indian Industry and members of Academia besides officers from all the armed forces. More than 300 hundred dignitaries from over 120 industries are participating in the seminar. Four Sessions for presentation of technical papers have been scheduled in the programme over two days. Papers on â€˜Synergy amongst stakeholders in Indigenisationâ€™, â€˜Innovation for Self Relianceâ€™ â€˜Challenges in induction of Indigenous Systemsâ€™ etc would be presented by speakers from IN, DPSUs, industry and academia.