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Rajnath opens defence startup challenge 5.0

General Studies – 3

Topics covered: Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention


Context: Defence minister launched the 5th edition of the defence India start-up challenge (DSIC) under Innovations for defence excellence- defence innovation organization (iDEX-DIO)

Key points related to this

  •       Objective: To achieve self-reliance and foster innovation and technology development in the defence and aerospace sectors
  •       Some of the problem statements unveiled as part of the challenge pertains to- situational awareness, augmented reality, artificial intelligence etc

About iDEX

  •       It is an initiative by the government to contribute towards modernization of the Defence Industry.
  •       It was launched in 2018
  •       It aims to promote innovation and technology development in Defence and Aerospace by engaging Industries; with particular focus on MSMEs, start-ups, individual innovators, R&D institutes & academia
  •       It will be funded by Defence Innovation Organization (DIO), and will function as the executive arm of DIO.
  •       DIO is a ‘not for profit’ company registered under the Companies Act 2013. Its two cou-founders are Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) & Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) – Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs).