Imprint India initiative launched to promote research and development

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with President Pranab Mukherjee have launched Imprint India, a joint initiative of India’s leading educational institutions and several ministries to promote research and provide engineering and technological solutions to challenges ranging from climate change to healthcare. Imprint is the acronym for Impacting Research Innovation and Technology.

Imprint India is joint initiative of Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) that seeks to develop a road map for research to solve major engineering and technology challenges in 10 technology domains relevant for the country.

The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), have demanded at least Rs.1,000 crore for the purpose. IITs will serve as a platform to receive research proposals from various institutes in the county, and screen them for approval if deemed worthy. The platform will then allot funds for the research work.

The fund will be generated from three sources :-

  1. Inter-ministerial research funds, 
  2. Industry contributions 
  3. Portion of the government funds allocated to the IITs. 

The idea of launching 'Imprint India' originated during the conference of Chairmen, Board of Governors and Directors of Indian Institutes of Technology convened by the President at Rashtrapati Bhavan on August 22, 2014.

It is based on the Prime Minister's suggestion that research done by institutions of national importance must be linked with immediate requirements of the society at large. The 10 coordinating institutions have done extensive consultations and arrived at specific themes in each area of research that has an immediate social relevance.

10 key themes to be coordinated by IITs/IISc under Imprint :-

  1. Health care: IIT Kharagpur
  2. Computer science and ICT: IIT Kharagpur,
  3. Advance materials: IIT Kanpur
  4. Water resources and river systems: IIT Kanpur
  5. Sustainable urban design: IIT Roorkee
  6. Defence: IIT Madras
  7. Manufacturing: IIT Madras
  8. Nano-technology hardware: IIT Bombay
  9. Environmental science & climate change: IISc 
  10. Energy security: IIT Bombay

Several ministries including science and technology, defence, environment, human resource development, and chemicals and fertilisers have come together for this. They will clear projects jointly through a core committee for research and release funds promptly

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