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Published on November 12, 2019
Current context: Defence ministry has organised Def-Connect in New Delhi on 11th November 2019.
Innovations for DEFENCE EXCELLENCE (iDEX) 
  • The Def-connect was organised to showcase the accomplishments of the Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX) initiative.
  • The conference aims to bring together all stakeholders of the iDEX ecosystem, that includes:
    1. Ministry of defence
    2. iDEX selected startups
    3. Partner Incubators
    4. Defence Innovation Organisation
    5. Nodal agencies (Indian Army, Navy, Airforce)
    6. Defence Research and Development Organisation
    7. Defence Public Sector Undertakings and Indian Ordnance Factories
  • The iDEX initiative was launched by the Government of India in 2018.
  • ‘Defence Innovation Organization (DIO)’ funds and manages the iDEX and was formed as a ‘not for profit’ company as per Section 8 of the Companies Act 2013.
  • Functions of iDEX include:
    1. Co-Innovation/co-creation
    2. Piloting of candidate technologies in important platforms
    3. Indigenization of various defence and aerospace-related platforms


Q.1 The term iDEX was in news recently, it stands for? 
a. Innovations for Defence Expertise
b. Investment for Defence Equipment
c. Indigenous formula of Defence Equipment
d. Innovations for Defence Excellence
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