July 11, 2019

New Delhi


PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) on Thursday urged the government to devise a suitable policy on Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). Such a policy is much needed for to unleash the potential of the VR and AR technologies in making India prepared for any external and internal threat.

The aforesaid recommendation emerged at a VR AR for Defence and Public Sector Summit organized by PHDCCI and Ministries of Electronics and Information Technology and Defence held here today. It was largely felt in the Summit that with vast resources pool of talent and innovative minds, India can become a global leader in the domain of VR AR technologies for its defence and public sector including host of other utilities.

Those who convincingly sought rolling out of VR and AR policy consisted of Vice President, PHDCCI, Mr Sanjay Aggarwal and Chair, Innovation & Startups Committee, PHDCCI, Dr Arvind Mayaram, asserted that the way the speed of technological changes is catching up, the need for fresh policy measures is being felt especially around data privacy and security.

“At the crux of transformation are the investments that the country has made in its digital infrastructure and therefore, new technologies needed to be brought in so that the privacy and security of data including technology is made absolutely stringent”, said Mr Sanjay Aggarwal.

Dr Arvind Mayaram, however, added pointing out that while India may be leapfrogging into the fourth industrial revolution, the story of its societal transformation as driven by digital disruption has just begun which needs protection in the form of policy making.

Other experts that endorsed the views expressed aforesaid included Mr Anumukonda Ramesh, Country Head-India, Unity Technologies; Col Mohan Doifode (Retd), Director, Deloitte Digital; Dr Sumantra Dutta Roy, Professor, IIT Delhi; Dr Sushil Chandra, Scientist G, INMAS, DRDO and Director, PHDCCI, Dr Jatinder Singh.

During the occasion, a knowledge report on Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality for Defence and the Public Sector, jointly prepared by PHDCCI and Deloitte was released, which recommended that AR will be used to equip military officials with computer vision technology to help it equip with equipment maintenance and repair.

The report suggested that the VR technology could enable military officials to digitally capture landscapes during times of crisis such as war, devastation or in the aftermath of bombing – and share those environments virtually with remote personnel to better plan personnel deployment and crisis management strategies.

It also concluded that with the adoption of industry 4.0, an incremental rise in hi-tech manufacturing can be visualised, thus increasing the share of digitised manufacturing to 25% by 2022.

With the help of AI (Artificial Intelligence) and Robotics, new ideas will be used to build model patterns that can be quickly converted into mass products. With new hardware and technologies, AR and VR can bring value to enterprises in multiple domains by revolutionising manufacturing and providing manufacturers an opportunity to use advanced manufacturing capabilities and information technology throughout the product lifecycle, concluded the report.


Koteshwar Prasad Dobhal

Consultant (PR)