Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General MM Naravane on Tuesday said
capability development of the armed forces remains a national imperative
given the country’s active and disputed borders with two neighbours and
observed that disruptive technologies are fast transforming the
character of the modern world.
Addressing the event of the signing of MoUs between Gandhinagar-based
Rashtriya Raksha University (RRU) and the Bhaskaracharya National
Institute for Space Applications and Geo-Informatics (BISAG-N)
virtually, General Naravane said academic vigour needs to be enriched
with operational understanding to meet the challenges of modern warfare.
The event was held at the RRU campus in Gandhinagar.
“Disruptive technologies are transforming the character of the modern
world, faster than ever before. We have seen the decisive impact of
these technologies in recent conflicts around the world,” General
“Given our active and disputed borders in the north and the east with
our two neighbours, capability development of Armed Forces remains a
national imperative,” he added.
Rashtriya Raksha University is a national security educational
university located in Gandhinagar.
Bhaskaracharya Institute for Space Applications and Geoinformatics is a
state-level agency by the government of Gujarat to facilitate to provide
services and solutions in implementing map-based Geospatial Information
The Army chief further said that dependence on niche technologies with
other countries creates “significant vulnerabilities especially in times
of conflict,” and collaboration of the Indian Army with BISAG-N -will go
a long way to address these challenges through an “in-house” solution.
The COAS said the collaboration of the Indian Army with BISAG-N and RRU
aligns with the government’s vision of “Aatmanirbhar Bharat“
(self-reliant India) and will pave the way for a greater “civil-military
fusion” in defence capability development.
The areas of collaboration between the two (civil and military) are in
the fields of emerging technology, development of GIS and IT-based
software systems, training content and telecasting of audio-visual
contents, the Army chief said.
He said professional military education has always been a critical part
of the training curriculum of a military professional, and it continues
to play a pivotal role in the evaluation of military officers and soldiers.
“Academic vigour needs to be enriched with operational understanding to
meet the challenges of modern warfare,” General Naravane said.
He said MoUs signed by the Army Training Command (ARTRAC) with RRU and
BISAG-N “will synergise the expertise and potential of both the
General Naravane said this collaboration will offer the Army a
“customised and tailormade training as well as a learning solution.”
The event was presided over by Lt Gen Raj Shukla, GOC-in-C of ARTRAC.
RRU vice-chancellor Bimal Patel and BISAG-C Director-General TP Singh
exchanged the MoUs.