New super-computer to help research and start-ups

New super-computer to help research and start-ups

Dr Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology, Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences, and Minister of State (Independent Charge) Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy, and Space, inaugurated a 650 teraflops supercomputing facility at the National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute (NABI) in Mohali, which will act as a facilitator for start-ups working in areas such as telemedicine.

It will cater to the needs of the Institute's interdisciplinary cutting-edge research in agricultural and nutritional biotechnology, as well as help analyse big data accruing from large-scale genomics, functional genomics, structural genomics, and population studies being carried out at various Institutes and universities of national and international repute.

It will be available to NABI and CIAB scientists, as well as scientists/faculty from neighbouring institutes/universities and projects funded by the National Supercomputing Mission (NSM). It was established in collaboration with C-DAC, Pune.

Following the inauguration, Dr. Jitendra Singh launched two digital working platforms under the 'Digital India' Initiative, NABI-Labify and e-Office at NABI & CIAB. NABI Labify is a one-of-a-kind software that allows for real-time tracking of funds authorised for the purchase of equipment, consumables, manpower, and extramural projects.

The Minister stated that in the 75th year of India's independence, the government will identify and promote 75 innovative start-ups, with the new supercomputing facility serving as a facilitator.

In another event, Dr. Jitendra Singh launched i-RISE, a technology business incubator (TBI) in Mohali that aims to provide world-class research facilities to the country's start-ups. Mohali will now join the ranks of other start-up hubs in the country, such as Bengaluru and Gurugram. The Minister hoped that TBI would be successful and become a unicorn start-up, adding to India's ever-growing list of unicorn start-ups. India currently has 51 unicorn startups, ranking third in the world, he added.

Dr. Jitendra Singh stated that as a result of Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi's various schemes, focus, and support systems, 10,000 start-ups were registered in India alone in 2021, and the country now had 50,000 plus start-ups providing more than 2 lakh jobs in the country.

He stated that the i-RISE Incubator, which is supported by the Department of Science and Technology and the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, IISER Mohali, will work to transform and build deep impact across the region's start-up ecosystem through innovation, knowledge, and technology adoption.

He stated that over the last seven years, India has steadily risen in the global start-up ecosystem, with 500+ incubator networks now supporting innovation and entrepreneurship across the country. He stated that India was second only to the United States in terms of the number of technology-based start-ups, and that India has risen to 46th place in the Global Innovation Index.