Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Navy working out ways to sign MoUs with Nagaland startups: Adm Hari


Chief of the Indian Navy, Admiral R Hari Kumar, on Wednesday disclosed that the Indian Navy was working out ways to sign Memorandums of Undertaking (MoUs) with startups in Nagaland, which could help build technology for defence purposes.
Addressing a press conference at the Navy stall, Naga Heritage Village, Kisama here on Wednesday, Admiral R Hari Kumar said that the Indian Navy was working towards ensuring that all key technologies were developed in India in the next 25 years for which it was in dialogue with startups and MSMEs.
As part of the Indian Navy’s Outreach programme, the Indian Navy has set up a large stall at Kisama. The focus of the stall is to provide local youth with information about the Indian Navy, its contribution to national security and the various opportunities for employment as officers and sailors. Navy chief said the outreach programme by Navy was to create better consciousness about the “silent services” of the Navy in Nagaland and North East as the region witnessed less representation.
He said that the Indian Navy was in talks with the chief minister’s office and the resident commissioner in Delhi to continuously engage and take things forward.
Earlier, speaking as special guest during the afternoon session of 23rd edition of Hornbill Festival, Admiral Hari Kumar disclosed that currently around 200 Nagas were serving in the Indian Navy and expressed keenness to increase the number of personnel from Nagaland in the Naval force. Navy chief said that national security was a collective effort and that the Navy was on a mission to rope in more people to enable them to contribute in the best way possible.
He said Naga Naval personnel serving in different capabilities were doing well and bringing good name to the state.
Admiral Kumar said that the reason the Indian Navy had set up a stall at the festival venue, as part of its outreach programme, was to generate maritime consciousness through various technological gadgets.
Navy chief also shared about the opportunities for youth in the naval force. He said the youth can find opportunities to enrich themselves in the force. Kumar said they would be exposed to the modern technological gears that the Navy was using in its mission to defend the nation in the seas, underwater and skies.
Admiral Kumar said that Hornbill festival was popular all over the world, adding that he was proud that such a festival had gained worldwide recognition. He said this was a good opportunity to come and be a part of the festival, celebrate it and use it as an occasion to bring the activities of the Navy to the people of Nagaland and North East region.
He said that Hornbill festival had grown exponentially in scope and stature. He expressed hope that the festival would get bigger each year.
The special guest also shared his fascination seeing the diverse display of art, culture, dance, custom, tradition at one place.
In the first five days of the festival, the Navy stall has been visited by over 4,500 visitors. A part of the stall was converted into an Audio Visual Room where movies highlighting the Indian Navy are being screened. Virtual Reality headsets are also available which provided the viewer with a life-like experience and a 3600 view of being on a ship (INS Kolkata) and an aircraft carrier (INS Vikramaditya). These sets were a great hit with the visitors.
Some interesting products exhibited at the venue include innovative solutions for Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Security. In addition, an Indigenisation desk to interact with Industry/Startups has been set up.
Naval Band with a total of 17 musician sailors also performed at the hornbill festival from December 5-7. Meanwhile, Admiral Kumar said that the outreach programme would continue during the next Hornbill festival.
As part of the outreach programme, motivational lectures on ‘Career in the Indian Navy’ were organised for school children in association with the State Education Department in Dimapur and Kohima.
It may be mentioned that Indian Navy organised a multi-specialty medical and wellness camp in Niuland district on Nov 29 and 30.
The multi-specialty camp offered consultation by Medical Specialist, Gynaecologist, Paediatrician, ENT Specialist, Ophthalmologist, Radiologist, Community Medicine and Dental Specialist. The medicines prescribed by the Specialists were distributed free of cost to the patients. 698 beneficiaries were registered.
Motorbike Rally: Indian Navy Motorcycle Expedition, which was virtually flagged off by the Chief of the Naval Staff, from INS Vikramaditya, from Guwahati on Nov 25, was flagged in by Admiral R Hari Kumar, the Chief of the Naval Staff, at Hornbill festival on Dec 7.
The Indian Navy expedition is supported by Royal Enfield who have provided 15 Meteor 350 Royal Enfield Motorcycles, along with service support.
The team comprises of 31 naval personnel including two women officers, spread over two phases covering a total distance of 3500 km in 21 days.
During Phase I, the riders covered a distance of 2000 km. The riders have visited and interacted with students at schools in Guwahati, Sohra, Aizawl, Kolasib, Loktak and Imphal.
Earlier, the morning session was held with chairman and managing director of National Hydroelectric Power Corporation, Y.K. Chaubey as chief guest. Advisor for Technical Education, Election Medo Yhokha as the host.
As part of the North East Zone Cultural Council (NEZCC) initiative, various states of the Northeastern states performed for the guests throughout the day.
Cultural troupe, Reang community from Tripura, Galo Community from Arunachal, Mizo community from Mizoram, Jaintia Community from Meghalaya, Karbi Community from Assam, Bhutia community from Sikkim, and Meitei Community from Manipur performed various dances and songs.
The host during the afternoon session was minister for soil & water conservation, geology & mining V. Kashiho Sangtam.

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