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Core Advisory Group for Research and Development in the Electronics Hardware Sector
India has made noteworthy achievement in the Software and Information Technology Enabled Services Sectors during the last decade. Despite inherent strengths available, in the form of a very large pool of trained and skilled manpower, the country has laggedbehind in the Electronics Hardware Sector. One of the main reasons is the lack of “Indian Intellectual Property (IP)” andlack of “Indian Products made in India”.

To provide a remedy and to also give a fillip to academia-industry participation in Electronics Hardware Research and Development (R&D), the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India (PSA’s Office), in consultation with the Department of Electronics and Information Technology and the various industry associations, constituted the Core Advisory Group for R&D in the Electronics Hardware Sector (CAREL) to develop a Technology Road Map for the country’s Electronics Hardware Sector, identifyingthe technology gaps in that sector and other related sectors and the thrust areas for pre-competitive applied research and directed basic research.

To Identify focus areas (a) related to technologies where India can be a global leader and the methodologies for local companies to be enabled in these areas (b)building Focus Streams, for e.g. in Supercomputing, IT and Networking, Information Security, Telecommunication (including mobile communication), Consumer Durables, Convergence Products, etc. (c)Other possible areas are e.g. VLSI Fabs; components related to this sector in areas like internal security, particleaccelerators, nuclear reactors, space vehicles, defence systems, tele-medicine, robotics, power electronics; etc.
CAREL has identified the high volume, low cost products, such as Set-Top Boxes, Tablet Personal Computers, Smart Phones, Smart Meters, Smart Cards, Micro-Automated Teller Machines etc. as target devices for development in India through indigenous R&D.