I'm delighted to introduce DRIIV (Delhi Research Implementation and Innovation) in our first newsletter. DRIIV is an initiative of the office of the Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA) to the Government of India (GoI). It is one of the six Science and Technology (S&T) clusters set up across the country to use scientific research and innovation for India's socio-economic development towards Atmanirbhar Bharat. The clusters are a thriving ecosystem of eminent academic institutions, national & state research laboratories, industry partners, start-ups, MSMEs, relevant ministries, state governments and philanthropic foundations that come together to solve problems of national relevance.
DRIIV (brand name for the Delhi S&T cluster) is currently working on environmental and societal problems pertinent to Delhi and neighbouring regions. These include issues related to Waste to Wealth, Water Security, Air Pollution, application of AI/ML in Healthcare (e.g. developingearly warning systems for Covid mutations), Sustainable Mobility (e.g. e-mobility infrastructure, digitisation of public transport, passenger safety) and Effective Education (developing new experiential pedagogies for STEM using aforementioned real life issues). We are also in the process of introducing Agriculture/Food Security as a new vertical and augment the Healthcare vertical with additional capabilities in biotechnology. Given the national relevance of these issues, the solutions are scalable countrywide and we actively work with other S&T clusters and industry partners to take the technology from lab to market.
DRIIV's technical prowess comes from the collective expertise and shared facilities of its premieremember base (currently c. 40, and growing) comprising of elite institutes (eg. IITD, IIITD, IITISM etc.), national research labs (eg. CSIR-IGIB, NPL, THSTI, ICAR etc.) and leading private players (e.g. Ashoka University, BML Munjal university, Google Research etc.). DRIIV's location in the national capital adds physical proximity to the policymakers, who are already deeply engaged with the S&T clusters, via the O/o PSA. These unique advantages allow DRIIV to create a significant impact at national/international scale.
I would like to take this opportunity to invite relevant stakeholders and industry partners (corporates, PSUs, NGOs, startups, MSMEs etc.) to join us in this journey of Nation Building.
The main task is to develop an ecosystem around science and technology where various players can come together and contribute in bringing innovation from the laboratory to the market. We don't want to leave research on paper, directionless, but drive it along what is needed as per the national mission requirements... read more
DRIIV, a government of India initiative, has initiated a pilot project along with Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, to explore the possibility of building logistics hubs along the Delhi-Jaipur highway where diesel trucks can be stopped. The goods they are carrying to the capital can then be unloaded and transhipped to Delhi in electric... read more
New and emerging variants of SARS-CoV-2 virus continue to pose a threat to the health of populations across the globe. Counting the unique and observable changes in the sequences available until January 2022 shows more than 6,000 mutations have accumulated in the spike gene of the virus... read more
Ashwini Chaubey, Minister of State for Environment, who will flag off the trial run, said that the Delhi-Jaipur E-Highway with NHEV pilot will be the landmark initiative by Ease of Doing Business. Chaubey said, “This unique initiative will benefit tourist and people to 'travel clean' on EVs who are not even EV owners and will inspire more people to buy and participate in making India surface transport green... read more
Atal Harit Vidyut Rashtriya Mahamarg will break its own existing record of the longest EV Tech Trial Run ever conducted in the country. Dr (Smt) Parvinder Maini, Scientific Secretary, OPSA congratulated DRIIV and NHEV, an initiative under EoDB for recognizing the synergy between Science and experimenting through pilots... read more