Scheme for promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration – HRD To Spend Rs.418 Crore, the government will launch three schemes worth more than Rs 1,200 crore to boost India-specific research in social and pure sciences, complete with foreign collaborations and targeted measures to upgrade research infrastructure.
The Prakash Javadekar-led human resource development ministry has got the go-ahead to launch the schemes titled STARS, SPARCNSE -2.01 % and IMPRESS, which will be piloted and coordinated by Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, and Indian Council of Social Science & Research (ICSSR), respectively.
SPARC is a joint research project between Indian institutions with the best of global Universities. This will immensely benefit students, faculty and improve the perception of Indian Institutes across the world. The scheme, slated to be launched on October 1, will be coordinated by the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and will consider only top 500 globally ranked Institutes for collaboration.
Recently, the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry announced, HRD To Spend Rs. 418 Crore from 2018-2020 on collaborative research between Indian and foreign institutes under the ‘Scheme for promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration’ (SPARC).
Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar said “SPARC will focus on joint research projects in focus areas, including technology, science and also social sciences, which are of relevance to India. IIT-Kgp would be the coordinating institution for this scheme.
The scheme will be operationalized by October 1, 2018,” The schemes will be opened to both government and private institutes to ensure a level playing field and healthy competition, sources told ET. The aim is as much to steer research to issues and concerns more relevant to India as to get it on the global high table of cutting-edge research and knowledge ecosystems.
Scheme for promotion of academic & research collaboration:
HRD To Spend Rs. 418 Crore, to be coordinated by IIT Kharagpur, seeks to boost joint research with global universities from 25 countries and get international expertise to solve major national problems, train Indian students in the best laboratories, and deepen academic engagement.
All Indian institutions ranked in the top 100 of National Institutional Ranking Framework will be eligible for this scheme that targets Ph.D. and postdoctoral researchers. Foreign institutions in top 100 to top 200 of global academic rankings from the 25 target countries will be eligible.