IMPacting Research INnovation and Technology (IMPRINT), is a first-of-its-kind Pan-IIT and IISc joint initiative to develop a roadmap for research to solve major engineering and technology challenges in ten technology domains relevant to India will be launched by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee tomorrow (November 5, 2015) at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
It is a Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) project to address the major engineering challenges that India must address and champion to enable, empower and embolden the nation for inclusive growth and self-reliance.
IMPRINT India will focus on ten themes which have immediate social relevance, 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.
Before embarking on a real technology development mission, it is prudent to define the goal, create a strategy and draw a pragmatic roadmap. Hence this novel initiative, the first phase, comprises a twofold mandate of. Firstly it is about developing new engineering education policy. Secondly it is to create a roadmap including infrastructure readiness to pursue these selected challenges.
The idea of ‘IMPRINT India’ is based on suggestion that research done by institutions of national importance must be linked with immediate requirements of the society at large. 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.
It is a great step in pursuit of Research India, a really welcome one ! But I would like to see some more initiatives, which involve industry, private players in this domain. More of a Public-Private Initiative.
For the meantine, it is well begun !