HRD Ministry launches web portals to strengthen research ecosystem

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on October 25, 2018 Published on October 25, 2018

Prakash Javadekar

Research work under IMPRESS and SPARC will start from January next

To strengthen the research ecosystem in the country, Minister of Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar launched the web portal of two schemes here on Thursday.

“Impactful Policy Research in Social Sciences (IMPRESS) and Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC) were the two schemes of whose portal were launched.

“A country achieves prosperity on a sustainable basis only through innovation which can happen only by good research,” said Javadekar.

The objective of IMPRESS is to identify and fund research proposals in social sciences with maximum impact on the governance and society.

It will provide an opportunity for social science researchers in any institution in the country which includes all universities (Central and State), private institutions with 12(B) status conferred by UGC, he said.

The scheme will be implemented at a total cost of ₹414 crore till March, 2021. Under IMPRESS, 1,500 research projects will be awarded for two years to support social science research in the higher educational institutions.

The Indian Council of Social Science and Research (ICSSR) will be the project implementing agency.

Meanwhile, SPARC aims at improving the research ecosystem of India’s higher educational institutions by facilitating academic and research collaborations between Indian and foreign institutions.

“It is a scheme for promotion of academic and research collaboration. Under the scheme we are giving ₹ 418 crores for 600 joint research proposals,” said Javadekar.

The Indian institutions which come in top 100 or a top 100 in category wise in NIRF and the best institutes in the world from selected 28 nations with overall top 500 ranking and top 200 subject wise institutes in QS world university ranking will be part of the scheme.

IIT-Khargapur is the national Coordinating Institute to implement the SPARC programme.

The idea is to stop brain drain and provide facility so that they can do research in India which is of international level, added Javadekar

The research work under both the scheme would start from January next.

Published on October 25, 2018
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