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Pratik Deshmukh

Director

Robolab Technologies

3 Ratings

ROBOTICS India is becoming a robotics industry force

Apr 16, 2019

…says Pratik Deshmukh, Director, Robolab Technologies, in this interview with Suchi Adhikari. He further elaborates on how robotics is one of the most exciting emerging sectors in the country and how significant it is for educational facilities today to gear towards these growth trends. Excerpts…

While robotics has been a growing trend in India, with various start-ups and scholastic attention solely focused on the topic, how did the conception of Robolab Technologies come into being?

Robolab Technologies came into existence out of the rigorous efforts of its founders as an attempt to transform the educational facilities in the country, provide an innovative platform to the students to show their skills and implement their ideas while creating employment for the youth. Having worked in the robotics field for four years of their engineering degree, the founders came up with Robolab Technologies. The venture is an on-campus, Centre of Excellence in Robotics, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Rapid Prototyping (RP) and Industrial Automation. It is an advanced, state-ofth-art platform to explore, learn and build robots and related technologies. We provide innovative and interactive training by experts consistent with the latest curricula and the industry requirements.

How do your labs facilitate the ease of approach towards robotics building and innovation?

Robolab is taking technologies to masses through robotics and automation while imparting skills and nurturing talent. It provides the perfect platform for students to try and implement their ideas and convert to viable products. It further imbibes entrepreneurial skills by creating job creators instead of seekers, and encourages innovators, who are willing to learn and unlearn. In this way, we help increase employability skills by providing practical knowledge and hands-on experience backed with the necessary theory. Trainees get an education and exposure on how technology works, thus creating better and sensitive engineers and spreading this cutting-edge technology to the masses.

Could you elucidate on the career enhancing skills, which Robolab offers to high-school and engineering students? How are they trained to channelise their academic study into the practical?

At the very outset, we analysed the current problems, which we wanted to resolve through our venture. The problems included factors, such as, masses do not have access to technologies, students are not industry-ready, they lack practical and hands-on experience, institutions do not have a long-term solution platform, there is very limited of scope for robotics and automation education and research innovations during education, no facility available to actively participate or boost co-curricular activities through which institution can get popularity, and minimal entrepreneurship spirit. We are striving to solve these by providing a perfect platform for students to try and implement their ideas and convert them to viable products.

What are the opportunities and impediments in the robotics sector in India?

Robotics is one of the most exciting sectors emerging in India today. Sectors like, construction, manufacturing and healthcare are boosting the demand for robotics talent, and there is an enormous scope for the application of the technology across an even wider array of industries. As access to internet connectivity and open source platforms improves, a favourable environment for the sector’s growth and development is being created. Even as people fear that automation will take away jobs, robotics is creating new job opportunities for skilled resources.

What potential does the country’s economy offer to newer start-ups, especially regarding the research and expansion of robotics?

The growing economy of the nation provides various avenues for the startups and industries. A lot of positive governance and administrative changes are helping in promoting the startups and industries. India already has many of the basic elements in place to become a robotics industry force, including a strong educational system, established business and academic research facilities, and an increasingly entrepreneurial business community. Over the past several years, the Indian robotics industry has pushed far beyond traditional business areas, such as, manufacturing and production, to enter emerging domains, including education, rehabilitation, and entertainment.

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