India: Engineering Research India to Boost Engineering: Companies Asked to Address Challenges for Projects
An intra-governmental agreement has been recently signed among 25 departments to address and provide solutions to the most relevant engineering challenges faced by India by translating knowledge into viable technology (product and processes) in selected technology domains to enable, empower and embolden the nation for inclusive growth and self-reliance.
New Delhi/India –This initiative titled IMPRINT (IMPacting Research INnovation and Technology) is piloted by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and steered by Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc).
The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has collaborated with various institutes both academic and R&D labs from India as well as abroad. The Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), a statutory body of the Department of Science and Technology has entered into Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with reputed overseas universities for deputing Indian students graduating from Indian universities/ institutes to pursue Ph.D. in areas of science, technology, engineering and medicine. IMPRINT identified 10 engineering domains, namely healthcare, information and communication technology, energy, sustainable habitat, nano-technology, water resources and river systems, advanced materials, manufacturing, security and defence, environmental science and climate change, with each domain further divided into themes, sub-themes, target and topics. Close to 3,000 preliminary proposals have been received by MHRD, and identification of projects for funding is in process. SERB has signed MoU with eight overseas universities. About Rs 48.98 crore for TMT project and Rs 30 lakh for overseas doctoral fellowship have been released so far.