According to RajKumar Upadhyay, chief executive officer and chairman of Project Board, Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT), the organisation has a corpus of over Rs 7 billion for funding startups. However, the government has kept no limit to funding innovation.

Speaking at the Regional Innovation Forum, Upadhyay said that a number of delegations of ministers from neighbouring countries at the forum have expressed interest in technological collaboration with India, which will help in the expansion of indigenous innovation beyond the country’s boundary.

The delegation of communications ministers from Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Iran, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh visited the C-DOT campus, which now houses the area office and innovation centre of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

According to Upadhyay, C-DOT has set up its innovation centre next to the ITU office. This will provide startups with all the infrastructure required for operation as well as provide access to test beds for 5G. The entity will take the technologies developed by startups to other parts of the world under the umbrella of ITU.