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THE Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (Mosti) is targeting a ratio of 195 units of robots per 10,000 human workers by 2030.
Its minister Dr Adham Baba said so far, the ratio of robots to human labour is only 55 units to 10,000 people.
He said among the robotic fields that have the potential to be developed and are needed at the moment is drone technology.
“The National Science Council has recently approved the ‘Robotic Talent Development Academy’ in collaboration with various government agencies under several ministries including Mosti and the Education Ministry (MOE).
“We not only analyse current needs but also train talent through the academy to ensure a ratio of 195 robots to 10,000 employees by 2030 is achieved,” he said at a press conference after officiating the pre-launch ceremony of the Drone Edu Challenge IR 4.0 Competition (DEC4IR) at the drone test site at DRZ Iskandar in Iskandar Puteri today.
He said to achieve the goal, Mosti will work with MOE to introduce drone technology and relevant industry knowledge in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) syllabus for schools.
Dr Adham in his speech said through the collaboration between Mosti and MOE, drone technology, such as design, use and artificial intelligence, can be introduced as STEM modules in school curricula and co-curricula to ensure more people make it a future career choice.
“Drone technology will grow faster and last year’s Drone Industry Insights report stated that the drone industry revenue in the commercial sector is projected to grow with an annual growth rate of 9.4% by 2026 worldwide with the global market expected to reach US$41.3 billion (RM181.8 billion),” he said.
Regarding DEC4IR, Dr Adham said Mosti is aiming for 5,000 school students nationwide to participate in the competition, which is taking place this month and will last till October.
According to him, DEC4IR 2020 had a positive impact on more than 3,500 students who were given exposure to drones, robotics, programming, as well as 100,000 other participants who joined the programme virtually.
“Various activities will be carried out in this programme such as learning the anatomy of drones, problem-solving using drones, operation and also flight using self-built codes thus making young people more creative,” he said. – Bernama, June 25, 2022.