The Union Government has approved 122 new research projects of 112 crore rupees under its Impacting Research Innovation and Technology or ‘IMPRINT-2’ scheme.
- The initiative aims to advance research in energy, security and healthcare domains in the high education institutions.
- According to the Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar, out of over two thousand proposals, 122 best proposals were selected for funding under IMPRINT-2. Of the selected projects, 81 are sponsored by industry.
About IMPRINT scheme
- IMPRINT is the first of its kind MHRD supported Pan-IIT + IISc joint initiative initiative to address the major science and engineering challenges that India must address and champion to enable, empower and embolden the nation for inclusive growth and self-reliance.
- It was launched by the then President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee on November 5, 2015 at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
- The objectives of this initiative is to (1) identify areas of immediate relevance to society requiring innovation, (2) direct scientific research into identified areas, (3) ensure higher funding support for research into these areas and (4) measure outcomes of the research effort with reference to impact on the standard of living in the rural/urban areas.
- IMPRINT India will focus on ten themes with each to be coordinated by one IIT/IISc, namely:-
(a) Health Care – IIT Kharagpur,
(b) Computer Science and ICT – IIT Kharagpur,
(c) Advance Materials – IIT Kanpur,
(d) Water Resources and River systems – IIT Kanpur,
(e) Sustainable Urban Design – IIT Roorkee,
(f) Defence – IIT Madras,
(g) Manufacturing – IIT Madras,
(h) Nano-technology Hardware- IIT Bombay,
(i) Environmental Science and Climate Change – IISc, Bangalore and
(j) Energy Security – IIT Bombay.