Thursday, 5 November 2015

Imprint India Initiative

“Society is becoming technology driven. Important to understand the importance of this and look towards affordable technology. We have to think about how our institutions can set up their own incubation centers”,Speaking at the Visitors’ Conference at Rashtrapati Bhavan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.

"It is an Initiative to develop roadmap to solve technological challenges. The biggest strength of make-in-India is human capital. Skill development is extremely vital as I believe that Science is universal but technology has to be local".

'Imprint India' is an Inter Ministerial Group that is set up as a single-window mechanism to screen research proposals from India's research and technology institutes. The group 
approves projects and allots funds for them.


The Ministry of Human Resource Development(HRD), the Ministry of Defence,the Department of Science & Technology, the Department of Biotechnology, and the Ministry of Rural Development, among others, are part of 'Imprint India.'

The group has been set up to be a one-stop funding shop because many scientists and researchers said that bureaucracy was delaying projects and discouraging institutes from starting them. The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs)and the National Institutes of Technology are on board with the project that is being piloted by the Smriti Irani-led HRD ministry. 

The group has identified 10 areas where India is heavily dependent on foreign technology and where little or no research and manufacturing has been initiated. These include healthcare, computers & information technology, energy, sustainable habitat, nano technology hardware, water resources and river systems, advanced materials, manufacturing, defence and environment and climate change.

The IITs and the Indian Institutes of Science have helped identify these areas and have detailed the specifics of India's technology requirements for the next few years. For instance, in areas like nano technology hardware and diagnostic imaging in healthcare, almost everything is imported. The research areas will also dovetail with the 'Make in India' campaign to boost indigenous manufacture.

"The idea is to encourage a research environment and also drive institutes to take up research that is socially and technically relevant to India's needs across sectors. For instance, in Healthcare, India practically imports every single diagnostic machinery simply because it is not manufactured here and there is new research in India which can be scaled up. Through IMPRINT, we hope to change that," said an official associated with Imprint. 

Source : ibnlive.com, timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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