What Hinders The Growth Of Robotics In India
It has been quite a while since robotics entered the mainstream. However,
Although one success should trigger another, it seems to be a different story here in
In a country where education is the sole focus of almost all middle-class households who form a large chunk that leads the urban economy, any futuristic discipline with application possibilities at industrial level should be lapped up eagerly. Nevertheless, robotics hasn’t quite taken off here.
Of course, there is a school here and a summer camp there talking about robotics, and there is one dedicated institution teaching the discipline. But it is yet to gain a comprehensive outlook in
To begin with, we still require an organised effort to integrate the discipline into our current education system. There is hardly any vocational course dedicated to teaching robotics at school/college level. Engineering graduates cannot opt for robotics as a separate stream, but can choose to specialise in it after graduation. And that is a real downer. The Indian Institute of Robotics is probably the lone dedicated institution for the development of this discipline. But just one facility can hardly meet the requirements of the growing population of young people who are willing to explore new avenues in this space.
In contrast, new openings have come up in sectors such as transportation, defence & security, weather and environment, artificial intelligence, mobile OS and home applications, especially when it comes to providing support to the aged/terminally ill/people with special needs.
Employment generation for the growing urban population, along with controlling migration from rural areas as people move to cities in search of livelihood, has many repercussions on the urban landscape. Consequently, the authorities have been spreading out industrial corridors and SEZs in areas where progress has remained a mirage. One application of robotics is the production of high-efficiency robots and those can be leveraged for a longer period of time to enhance productivity. But then, the government will have to come up with the right strategy and create livelihood options for all those people who would be displaced as a result of ‘robotisation.’
This is the real crux of the problem. Another issue that has been bothering every other sector is ‘zero’ government backing. The Indian government is treading with great caution in this industrial biosphere and would not want to upset the applecart when it comes to ‘human first’ policies.
As of now, interest in robotics is a personal choice and individuals are focusing more on the self-discovery methods in order to make significant progress in this field. This is the same learning curve that propelled IT to a position of strength in
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