A two day Seminar on “Capability Development and Indigenisation of Indian Army in a Futuristic Context” has commenced at the Manekshaw Centre, Delhi Cantt, today. The Seminar, being organised by the Indian Army on 11 and 12 January is one of the major initiatives in the run-up to the Army Day this year. Hon’ble Raksha Mantri inaugurated the Seminar. General Dalbir Singh, the Chief of the Army Staff and Lt Gen MMS Rai, Vice Chief of the Army Staff were present along with other senior officers from the MoD, the armed forces, DRDO and the strategic community.
Delivering the inaugural address, Raksha Mantri Shri Manohar Parrikar stressed for calibrating own capability and response due to increased challenges in the prevalent security scenario. He further added that ‘Make in India’ is a mindset and requires complete synergy between all stakeholders. He expressed the hope that seminar would throw up fresh ideas on the stated theme of the seminar.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief of the Army Staff General Dalbir Singh highlighted the importance of capability development and indigenisation. He said that capability development is an ongoing process which is vital for any organization for its growth. The COAS also added that the success of any army depends on latest technology and its absorption by the user. With regards to the indigenisation, he mentioned that the national focus, today, is towards indigenization in the form of ‘Make in India’ Initiative.
The two day event seeks to carry out comprehensive appraisal of the capability development needs of the Indian Army, current status and future challenges. The discussions will focus on exploring different approaches to meet sustainable capability development keeping indigenisation as the core mantra within.
The Raksha Mantri also inaugurated an exhibition displaying products by defence industries. The industry was represented in large number by senior representatives and project leaders from leading companies in the defence sector.