Science and Technology Hyderabad Cluster, one of the four such geographic clusters the Centre has proposed to boost science, research and innovation through a collaborative environment. Principal Scientific Adviser to the government of India K. VijayRaghavan jointly inaugurated the Cluster, which will be led by Research and Innovation Circle of Hyderabad (RICH).
The Prime Minister’s Science, Technology and Innovation Advisory Council (PM-STIAC) had recommended the setting of the clusters, in Hyderabad, Bengaluru, NCR-Delhi and Pune, as a measure to encourage scientific enterprise and push individual institutional excellence towards collective performance. These cities were considered as they host strong organisations, institutions and industries focused on science and technology, an official release on the virtual inauguration said.
While proposing the setting up of science and technology focused clusters, a high-level committee, constituted by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), in its report in April, said that the clusters could create strong linkages between existing networks of academic institutions and national research laboratories, along with relevant ministries, industry partners, State governments, philanthropic foundations and international institutions of excellence.
The Hyderabad city contributes about 35% of the country’s pharmaceutical output and is known as Pharma capital of the world, hosts India’s largest bio-cluster in Genome Valley, with around 200 companies, and is also the ‘Seed capital of India’. the Hyderabad Cluster will foster multi-disciplinary research and entrepreneurship towards a more prosperous and equitable future. “We will work with MSMEs, start-ups, researchers and industries to rapidly commercialise promising ideas,”