DRDO launches ‘Dare to Dream 2.0’ contest for innovators, startups

New Delhi (NVI): To promote innovation in defence and aerospace technologies, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has launched ‘Dare to Dream 2.0’ contest on the fifth death anniversary of former President and noted scientist Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.

The scheme has been launched for emerging technologies to promote the individuals and startups for innovation in defence and aerospace technologies in the country after the call of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

The ‘Dare to Dream 2.0’ is an open challenge to promote the innovators and startups of the country. The winners will be decided after due evaluation by an expert committee. Award money, up to Rs 10 lakh for startup and Rs five lakh to individual category, will be given to the winners, the ministry said.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh announced the contest for the ‘Ignited Minds’ yesterday, whether innovators or startups. Further information will be available on DRDO website www.drdo.gov.in soon, the MoD said.

Dr Kalam, also known as the Missile Man of India, had the vision of self-reliance. He was a great visionary who served as the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007.

Dr Kalam passed away on July 27, 2015, while delivering a lecture to students at the Indian Institute of Management, Shillong. He is still fondly remembered by the citizens of India, especially students, as a source of inspiration.

-ARK