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DRDO Dare to Dream 2021 and Young Scientists awards

DRDO Dare to Dream 2.0- Relevance for UPSC Exam

  • GS Paper 3: Science and Technology- Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.

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DRDO Dare to Dream 2.0- Context

  • Recently, the defense minister felicitated the winners of the ‘Dare to Dream 2.0’ Contest of Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • ‘Dare to Dream 2.0’ award was given to 40 winners – 22 in the Individual category and 18 in the Startup category.

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DRDO Dare to Dream 2.0- Key Points

  • About: Dare to Dream is DRDO’s pan-India contest to promote Indian academicians, individuals and startups to develop emerging defence and aerospace technologies/systems.
    • DRDO provides technical and financial support to the winners for the realization of their ideas under the Technology Development Fund (TDF) scheme.
  • Aim:
    • To create path-breaking innovation in the future in the fields of innovation, design & development.
    • To promote the collaborative efforts to build a strong and self-reliant ‘New India’.
  • Award: The winners will be decided after due evaluation by the expert committee. A cash award of up to 10 lakhs for Startups and 5 lakhs for individuals will be given to winners.

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DRDO Young Scientists awards

  • Defense minister also gave away DRDO Young Scientists awards for the year 2019.
  • Sixteen DRDO scientists, under the age of 35 years, were awarded for their outstanding contribution in areas of their expertise.

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Additional Information

On this occasion, three products/systems indigenously developed by DRDO were also handed over to the Armed Forces. These are:

  • ARINC818 Video Processing and Switching Module: The module, developed for the Indian Air Force.
    • It is a state-of-the-art module with high bandwidth, low latency, channel bonding, easy networking and will cater to 5th generation aircraft development programs.
  • Sonar Performance Modelling System: Developed for the Indian Navy.
    • It is useful for Indian Naval ships, submarines, and underwater surveillance stations, etc.
  • Bund Blasting Device Mk-II: developed for Indian Army.
    • It is used to reduce the height of Ditch-cum-Bund obstacles to enhance the mobility of mechanized infantry during wartime.


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