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Government has taken several measures to encourage young scientists to undertake research work. Schemes designed to identify promising researchers and innovative ideas providing them with training and research opportunities in niche areas of basic science and engineering.

Notable Programmes of the Ministry

Young Scientist Schemes provide platform for young scientists to develop as researchers elevating the Sci &Tech landscape

  • Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE),
  • National Postdoctoral Fellowship (N-PDF)
  • Early Career Research Award (ECRA), Research Associateship
  • Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Fellowship Schemes
  • CSIR provides Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Fellowship to certain top ranking JRF- National Eligibility Test (NET) qualified candidates for scientific research.
  • Thematic Fellowship programmes in Solar Energy, Building Energy Efficiency Higher & Advanced Network, Bioenergy, and Water Research have been initiated by Department of Science & Technology (DST) to support young faculty and research scholars for conducting research in US R&D and academic institutions.

National Initiative for Developing & Harnessing Innovations

The Department of Science & Technology’s new programme ‘National Initiative for Developing & Harnessing Innovations (NIDHI) ’ covers the entire value chain of innovations starting from idea to commercialization promoting innovation focused start-ups

Other Key Initiatives (ASPIRE, BIRAC)

National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog is implementing Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) for promoting Incubators and Tinkering Labs.

  • Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and Department of Science and Technology (DST) have joined hands to promote Research Parks in the country.
  • Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) in association with Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) has set up a Rs. 10,000 crore Fund to invest in Venture Capital Funds to promote innovations and start-ups.
  • Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Industries has a programme to setup incubators in the Agriculture sector, under the ASPIRE (‘A Scheme for Promoting Innovation, Rural Industry & Entrepreneurship’) programme.
  • Department of Bio-Technology has a programme to promote incubators in the Biotech sector under the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) programme.
  • MHRD has also launched a Smart India Hackathon for involving engineering students to provide solutions to problems faced by Government Departments.

Benefits of Research Reaching Common Man

Government has taken numerous steps to ensure that the benefits of research reach common people particularly to rural areas and the under-privileged sections through commercialization of technology.

  • Long Term Core Support through Technological Advancement for Rural Areas (TARA) scheme
  • Technological Intervention for Addressing Societal Needs (TIASN)
  • Technology Application for Livelihood Improvement of Scheduled Caste Population (TALIM-SC)
  • Technology Intervention Programme for Disabled & Elderly Population
  • People & Protected Programme for Tribal Communities living around Protected Areas to address livelihoods and conservation issues.
  • Women Technology Parks and field based S&T agencies and organizations
  • Technology Business Incubators in 113 scientific institutions and universities
  • Bilateral collaborative industrial R&D programs with several countries with participation from industry, enterprises, academia and R&D institutions from both sides
  • Commercialization of developed technology is supported through Technology Development Board (TDB), Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) and other extramural programmes.

Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Programs

The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) operated several activities under ‘CSIR-800’:

  • A food-processing unit set up at CSIR-Centre for High Altitude Biology (CSIR-CeHAB) in the tribal region of Lahaul and Spiti
  • Empowering the selected Women self-help groups in Manipur
  • Training and skill development techniques to terracotta pottery rural artisans across various states
  • Arsenic removal technology and de-floridation plants & variety of other water purification plants
  • Popularizing mushroom technology through transfer and training to benefit rural women in North East Sates
  • Medicinal & Aromatic plants (MAPs) and other related technologies for rural development in Jammu & Kashmir region and Western Himalayan region
  • Samadhan Kendra, a Rural Information Technology centre to provide details about the agriculture

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) R&D Programs

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) supports R&D programs with financial assistance of up to 50 % of with partnership with industry and civil society for renewable energy systems such as biogas plants, solar lights, solar dryers.

Intellectual Property Protection

For protection of Intellectual property, government announced the National IPR Policy in 2016

  • 203 action points
  • Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM) created to implement the objectives of the National IPR Policy New Commercial Courts created to strengthen the enforcement mechanism
  • Training programs on enforcement of IPRs
  • India’s first ever Technology and Innovation Support Center (TISC) established in association with World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in PSCST, Punjab

- Published/Last Modified on: August 12, 2017


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