Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) is ready to fund up to ₹10 crore any research project at JNTU-A College Engineering Incubation Center if the idea is approved and finds a solution to any existing problem.
Making the announcement on the closing day of the JNTU-A College of Engineering Platinum Jubilee celebrations here Saturday, Union Defense Secretary and DRDO Chairman G. Sateesh Reddy said the DRDO would actively pursue its efforts to obtain patents for any specific innovative project incubated.
“Make for the world”
“Academic institutions are places for new ideas and solutions. But they must fulfill the prime minister’s ‘Make for the World’ dream,” the defense secretary said.
Earlier, he unveiled the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations Pylon in the presence of Registrar C. Sashidhar, Director P. Sujatha and elders.
Congratulating APSPDCL Group of JNTU-A College of Engineering Alumni Association led by SPDCL CMD H. Haranatha Rao for donating ₹27 lakh and Batch 1979-83 for donating ₹50 lakh for the establishment of the Innovation Makers’ Lab on campus, Mr. Sateesh Reddy asked Vice-Chancellor G. Ranga Janardhana Rao to keep in touch with alumni and find ways to improve the quality of teaching and research on the campus.
“Giving money alone won’t improve quality, and alumni can help in many other ways,” he said.
He also called on students and faculty to apply for DRDO’s “Dare to Dream” competition in six verticals to win good rewards for coming up with multiple new projects and securing funding for incubation.
He advised the College of Engineering to start the M.Tech in Defense Technologies course on campus with a chance to work in the DRDO labs in the second year. He said four alumni members held leadership positions in road transport and DRDO, which is a testament to the power of dedication.
Principal of SRIT Engineering College, Aluru Sambasiva Reddy and Singanamala MLA J. Padmavathi, both alumni of JNTU-A College of Engineering, donated ₹9.2 lakh for construction of hostel room in the Platinum Jubilee block which would have 100 such rooms.