Syllabus: GS3/Defence


    • The 2nd Edition of the Indian Navy’s Naval Innovation and Indigenisation (NIIO) Seminar – ‘Swavlamban 2023’ is scheduled to be conducted in October 2023.


    • The first edition of the seminar was held in July 2022. It witnessed the launch of  the ‘SPRINT Challenges’ initiative.
    • SPRINT is a collaborative initiative being undertaken in conjunction with the Defence Innovation Organisation (DIO) and stands for Supporting Pole-Vaulting in R&D through Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX), NIIO and Technology Development Acceleration Cell (TDAC).
    • The ‘SPRINT Challenges’, are aimed at giving a boost to the usage of indigenous technology in the Indian Navy, and the Navy is committed to developing at least 75 technologies/ products.

    Naval Innovation and Indigenisation Organisation (NIIO)

    • The NIIO organizes dedicated structures for the end users to interact with academia and industry towards fostering innovation and indigenization for self-reliance in defense in keeping with the vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat.
    • The NIIO is a three-tiered organization.
      • Naval Technology Acceleration Council (N-TAC) will bring together the twin aspects of innovation and indigenisation and provide apex-level directives. 
      • A working group under the N-TAC will implement the projects. 
      • A Technology Development Acceleration Cell (TDAC) has been created for induction of emerging disruptive technology in an accelerated time frame.

    Source: PIB