NIAS Wednesday Discussion-Dr. Saurabh Dutta Chowdhury will speak on “Mission 2025: Chinese Quest for Self-Reliance in Semiconductors-Implications for India post 2020”

NIAS Wednesday Discussion



Topic:             Mission 2025: Chinese Quest for Self-Reliance in Semiconductors-

                        Implications for India post 2020


Speaker:          Saurabh Dutta Chowdhury

Adjunct Professor, International. Strategic and Security Studies Programme, NIAS


Chairperson:   Srikumar Pullat

                        Head, International Strategic and Security Studies Programme, NIAS


Date:               25 August 2021 


Time:               4.00 PM 


Meeting Link  Click here to join the meeting

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Abstract: One of the cornerstones of Mission 2025 in China is aimed at achieving self-reliance in semiconductors. Semiconductors have an ubiquitous impact on all aspects of consumer, industrial and strategic sectors. Therefore, the Chinese have laid a strategy to master all aspects of this key sector in recent years. In this seminar, an in-depth look will be made to illustrate how this strategy is being implemented in three key areas within the semiconductor space in China at this time. For each of these areas, the seminar will illustrate how global linkages, both in technology and global capital markets, are being leveraged to achieve Mission 2025 goals. I will also specifically address how self-reliance goals are accomplished by harnessing an Industrial policy to promote MNCs to transfer technology in return for market access. All along, the goals remain congruent to building self-reliant capability as defined by Mission 2025. All three cases covered in this seminar operate in a stark contrast to the Indian semiconductor initiatives at SCL, GAETEC, IISc D-Line (proposed) or STARC, all of which have minimal global linkages. They are primarily operated to meet the needs of the Indian defence or space sector. There are few domestic academia initiatives supported by the above but none aimed at the Indian consumer or the non-defence industrial sector. The aim of this seminar would be to lay the seeds for identifying targeted areas where a PPP model can help India harness those global linkages in the semi-conductor fabrication arena, aided by appropriate industrial policy to jumpstart an Indian semiconductor supply chain.


About the speaker:  Dr Saurabh Dutta Chowdhury has been in the semiconductor industry for the last twenty-five years. He started his career at Applied Materials in Plasma Etch Equipment development section and during his early career, he was in the organisation at AMAT, headed by Dr Gerald Yin. He, thereafter, worked with SRAM-maker, Maxim Integrated Products, during 2000-2011. He was involved with semiconductor process development at 90- and 65 nm nodes during this period on Silicon CMOS and BiCMOS platforms. In 2011 he joined UC Santa Barbara-based Wide Band Gap Semiconductor start-up company, Transphorm and eventually ran the Foundry team there until 2020. Saurabh obtained a master's degree in Microelectronics Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology before joining industry. He also has a doctorate in Strategic Studies from King’s College, London. The topic of his thesis covered the early years of the Indian scientific enclave in the post-colonial state in the context of our nuclear programme. His interest in this area stemmed from a desire to understand why a sustainable electronics ecosystem could not get off the ground in India while complex projects in the space and nuclear sectors have achieved success. He has been an Adjunct Professor in the ISSSP Programme at NIAS since April 2021 while continuing his industrial career at Power Integrations in the area of wide band gap semiconductor fabrication.


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For further info, please contact Prof Anindya Sinha [] or Shri K S Rama Krishna [], Coordinators of the NIAS Wednesday Discussion Meetings. 


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Wednesday, August 25, 2021