The Centre has identified six cities for development as City Knowledge and Innovation Clusters. These cities are – Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Jodhpur, Pune, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad.
These clusters are being planned to provide a connect between the existing research and knowledge at an institution and various industries that exist in the city or state.
“There is a huge amount of knowledge and fiscal resources, which exist within a city or region. If we can seamlessly connect these independent entities into a virtual platform, we will be able to optimise the resources, and various sectors will be able to work in partnership instead of in silos,” Scientific Secretary Dr Arabinda Mitra said.
“For instance, if a particular industry has a problem that needs to be solved, which can be done by scientists or maybe even an instrument that one of the R&D labs have, today there is no access or even knowledge of the existence of this equipment or technical solution. The idea is to bring all of this together,” Mitra said.
Officials said the project will assist industries in gaining access to existing technology, and help academic institutions and R&D facilities commercialise this technology.