The University Grants Commission (UGC), a statutory body established by the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Government of India, requested that Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) and their affiliated colleges investigate the establishment of appropriate programmes and schemes based on the recommendations and actions identified in the National Strategy on Additive Manufacturing (NSAM).
This will enable institutions to to adopt and nurture Additive Manufacturing technologies in departments based on the recommendations in the NSAM.
According to a communique sent out to universities and colleges, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology released the “National Strategy on Additive Manufacturing (NSAM)” as part of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav (MeitY). The NSAM has evolved to address the immediate challenges that local industries face in adopting digital technologies and to meet the nation’s goal of increasing manufacturing value to US$ 1 trillion per year.
National Strategy on Additive Manufacturing
Earlier this year, in February, the Government of India unveiled its National Strategy on Additive Manufacturing. This much-awaited India’s 3D printing policy aspires to achieve goals such as contributing 5% to the global AM market with a target to add nearly US$1 Bn to the national GDP by 2025.
NSAM has identified key areas where an innovation and R&D ecosystem would be created through Public-Private Partnership to transform the existing R&D knowledge base into AM-grade materials, 3D printer machines, and printed indigenous products for the vast domestic and international market.
The NSAM aspires to uphold the tenets of ‘Make in India’ and ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan,’ which advocate self-reliance through technological transformation of the production paradigm, with the participation of state governments, academia, industry, and other stakeholders.
All HEIs and their affiliated colleges and institutions are encouraged to investigate the establishment of appropriate programmes and schemes in the thrust area of higher education. It was based on the recommendations and actions identified in the NSAM to adopt and nurture Additive Manufacturing technologies in departments as part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.
In light of this, the UGC requested that college and university presidents take the necessary steps to implement the NSAM.
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