ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Conduits of Technology

October 12, 1968 Skylark 284 Frere Road Bombay 1 Editor R K HAZARI Associate Editor: Krishna Raj Assistant Editor: Rajani X Desai Business Manager: A Fernandes Circulation Manager: Shiv Patil AVOIDING the repetitive import of technology is an unexceptionable principle. This cannot, however, be assured by canalising all import of knowhow through a single agency, which has been suggested by the Minister for Industrial Development. Technical knowhow is extremely heterogeneous and in many fields perishable; it has to be backed up with adaptation, design and fabrication capacity, and market hustling to become meaningful. There is, without doubt, a strong case for outright purchase of certain processes and techniques, and for designating specified agencies for taking out licences of international patents, and then arranging for their diffusion, adaptation and standardisation on a fully commercial basis. This is considerably more complex than the simple idea of a single agency thrown up by the Minister.

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