Wg Cdr Ajay Batra (PhD) is currently Leader IoTWoRKS Manufacturing, Digital Transformation & Industry 4.0. He spearheaded and established IAF’s first I and D level state-of-the-art facility for the Su 30 MKI. He was a Member of the Technology Evaluation Committee (TEC) for technical evaluation of the MMRCA and commanded two prestigious state-of-the-art technology intensive units in the IAF employing over 200 aerospace super-specialists and technology professionals. He has served in several key capacities in the IAF, contributing to doctrine, design, development and upgradation. He has authored several books and conducted research in super-specialty areas.
Among his many ideas is to create and manage a National Technology Transfer Agency (NTTA) with quasi legal authority for the Life Cycle Management of TOT & IPRs, including monitoring and assessing value addition on Tech and IP transfer for Make in India – by PSUs, industry and OFBs. Unless the Government, Industry and Legal system do not synchronize themselves under a single body, the dream of a strong MIC will remain a mirage.
He also wants to spearhead a National Technology Development Program for next generation technologies, start a certified national curriculum on Innovation and IPRs for creation of Certified Professionals, Students, Auditors and Trainers in the IPR and Technology domain, and many other projects.
He is a Ph D in Business Administration, Aligarh Muslim University, 2008, and MSc in Aeronautical Engineering, AFTC Bangalore, 1992.