When the Bengaluru Science and Technology (BeST) Cluster was launched in Karnataka, the capital of Karnataka became the sixth center in India to host a tech cluster.
The Indian Institute of Science said on Thursday that the cluster was launched at the Bangalore Tech Summit 2022 by Ajay Sood, chief scientific adviser to the central government, in the presence of former IISc director G Padmanaban and Infosys co-founder Kris Gopalakrishnan.
With the support of IISc, the BeST cluster aims to provide solutions for industry and government. Delhi, Hyderabad, Bhubaneswar, Jodhpur and Pune are home to other clusters in the country. “The conceptualization of the BeST cluster was a collaborative effort of more than 50 organisations, including major academic institutions, industry partners, startups, civil society organizations and government agencies. On September 6, the Office of the Chief Scientific Advisor to the Government of India approved the seed funding for BeST Approved,” the IISc said in a statement.
Speaking at the launch, Sood said, “Bangalore has huge technological potential and Karnataka is one of the leaders in technological advancement. The BeST cluster will pave the way for the future success of such initiatives.”
“A tech cluster is a city or region’s collaborative ecosystem in which scientists, engineers, social scientists, and entrepreneurs working in academia, government laboratories, and industry identify and collaborate to solve socially relevant problems,” The IISc statement said, adding that such clusters would enable scientific and technical organizations to collaborate more effectively while maintaining their autonomy.
The cluster has identified areas such as health and wellness, urban living and future technologies.
Speaking at the launch, Dr. Taslimarif Saiyed, CEO and Director, Center for Cellular and Molecular Platforms said, “Bangalore is a city of science, innovation and opportunity. The launch of the BeST cluster could be a milestone moment in science and technology for India and the world. Our goal It is about bringing together stakeholders with a shared ecosystem to first identify and solve problems through locally relevant solutions, and then expand nationally and internationally by building competitiveness globally.”
Ambarish Ghosh, IISc Center for Nanoscience and Engineering, said: “The Bengaluru Tech Summit is an ideal launch pad for the BeST cluster…Besides having immediate social and economic impact at the city scale, we must also consider the impact on sustainability and global competitiveness. Impact.”