Shi's home village, Shibadong, Hunan province, is home to many ethnic Miao people, and its scarcity of arable land and water is typical of the area.
The scale of China's unmanned aerial vehicle market will likely grow at an annual rate of 30 percent between 2017 and 2021, Li Jian, deputy director of the administration, said at a conference in March.
University trustees elected Shi, also president of the Westlake Institute for Advanced Study, as president together with vice-presidents Xu Tian and Qiu Min on Monday.
The country will continue to adopt a prudent, neutral monetary policy and a proactive fiscal policy to maintain stable economic growth while taking forceful measures to ward off financial risks, according to the draft report, which was released to reporters ahead of the session.
It will take time for the Stated-owned enterprises (SOEs) to complete the reform in the country's northeast region, said the head of the country's SOE regulator on Tuesday.
"There are around 3 million drones worldwide, 75 percent of which were made in China," Wu said in an earlier interview with China Daily.