Rs 1,000 cr for research in Science & tech in next 2 yrs: Javadekar
New Delhi: In a major boost to research and innovation in the country, the centre has sanctioned a sum
of Rs 1,000 crore for the
phase two of the Impacting Research Innovation and Technology (IMPRINT) India programme.
In a statement at the Visitor's Conference on Tuesday, Union Minister for Human Resources and Development Prakash Javadekar said that under the IMPRINT-II, a fund is being created by the Department of Science
and Technology and HRD Ministry together, in which participation will come from industry and other interested ministries.
"The project would run as a separate vertical in coordination with the DST and Prof Indranil Manna of IIT-Kharagpur will be the national coordinator," the minister said adding that the proposals
for IMPRINT-II would be called from March 16 and it would be sanctioned by May this year.
The minister further said that under the IMPRINT-I programme, 142 projects at a cost of Rs 318.71 crore are already under implementation.
"These projects cover crucial domains like security and defence, information technology, energy, sustainable habitat, advance materials, health care, nano technology, climate change, etc. All these projects are expected to result in publications and also patents," the minister said.