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sole objective of commercializing the fruits of indigenous research. The Board plays a pro-active role for encouraging technology-oriented enterprises by organizing seminars, road-shows and collaborating with other industry associations namely Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Department for International Development (DFID), United States Agency for International Development (USAID) & World Bank. Success Stories Since its inception in 1996, TDB has executed projects across various sectors including MSMEs in most states. Some success stories have had global impact especially in changing the perception about India.

“India is facing technological challenges in most sectors - infrastructure; drinking water; affordable housing; health; defence; energy but the Government through TDB is committed to finding solutions.” - Dr Bindu Dey, Secretary, TDB Health: With a vision to deliver health and medical facilities to every household in India, TDB signed 78 agreements with total support of `356.96 crore. Successful products include transdermal patches, Hib, DPT+Hib and DPT+Hep-B+Hib and Food and Mouth Disease vaccines, Melgain- an ointment to treat vitiligo and immuno-suppressants. Engineering: The field of engineering

is the second most funded domain with more than `222.9 crore sanctioned by TDB for 62 agreements. These cover a spectrum of technologies in its ambit, including fiber laser cutting system, automatic cone winding machine, ceramic composite coatings on aluminium and its alloys for superior wear and corrosion properties, rapid runway repair machine, LED based true colour display systems etc. Information Technology: The backbone of any advanced nation is the well-developed domain of information technology. With 42 agreements worth `150 crores, development and commercialization of various technologies have directly contributed in building stronger economy. The secured and low-cost technology-led banking platform developed by Eko India Financial Services is one of the major breakthroughs. Also, “pawaaFILE” product has ensured that the files and information is under the perpetual control of the owner.

Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Hon’ble President of India inaugurating 18th Technology Day function at Vigyan Bhawan on 11th May, 2016. Also present on the occasion are Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Hon’ble Minister (S&T), Secretary, DST & Secretary, DBT.

Technology Development Board celebrates May 11 as the National Technology Day every year on behalf of the Department of Science & Technology. On May 11, 1998 India successfully carried out nuclear tests at Pokhran becoming a nuclear state. On the same date, the first indigenous aircraft, Hansa-3 was test flown at Bengaluru; and again on May 11, India performed another successful test-firing of

the Trishul missile. Considering the afore-mentioned technological feats on a particular date, May 11 was chosen to be commemorated as the National Technology Day. The Technology Day is celebrated as a symbol of quest for scientific inquiry, technological creativity and the translation of that quest in the integration of Science, Society and Industry.

Agriculture: India is referred to as an agrarian economy because a major segment of population is dependent on agriculture for its livelihood. In order to deliver higher yields and reduce losses to farmers, TDB has been supporting organizations developing and promoting agricultural products. As many as 21 agreements worth `47.40 crore have been signed. Some remarkable developments include Aquasap, GRANT, NEMATOX, TEEKA etc. The cross breeding facility has resulted in a production capacity of over 1.5 lakh hatching eggs per week.

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