‘IMPRINT India’, a 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 was launched on November 5, 2015. Adopting engineering and technology as a vehicle to address the social needs, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (now renamed as Ministry of Education) has formulated a catalytic scheme for Impacting Research, Innovation and Technology (IMPRINT) as a pan-India initiative.
IMPRINT is the first of its kind MHRD (now renamed as Ministry of Education) supported pan-IIT + IISc joint initiative to address the major science and engineering challenges that India must address and champion to enable, empower and embolden the nation for inclusive growth and self-reliance. IMPRINT provides the overarching vision that guides research into areas that are predominantly socially relevant. This novel initiative with a twofold mandate is aimed at:
This MHRD (now renamed as Ministry of Education) initiative has been coordinated by IISc and 16 IITs. 25 Ministries signed an MoU for promoting research under IMPRINT. The initiative now enjoys the funding support of over 25 ministries, departments and councils of the Central Government for identified projects. This number is growing further and in doing so laying a firm long-term foundation for the initiative.
The programme builds around the great research talent and highly equipped and promising infrastructure of the Indian Institutes of Technologies (IITs) and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc). With an aim of achieving inclusion, the programme has currently also encompassed the Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs) and in the future is poised to cover all the academic and research institutions of the country.
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IMPRINT-India initiative was both novel and unique. Despite the unprecedented interest, widespread enthusiasm and unique scope and utility of the initiative, a need was felt to sharpen the focus, streamline the process of review and allotment, and showcase the fruits of innovation pursued and achieved through IMPRINT in the public domain by creating a 'knowledge portal'. Thus, IMPRINT has now graduated into the next edition, IMPRINT-2, with a wider scope, simpler guideline for participation and better synergy among investigators, partners and collaborators. It is also realised and appreciated that IMPRINT-2 should be undertaken in a more inclusive manner by expanding the catchment of implementing institutions, by adopting a more demand-driven strategy of solution development and by incorporating the specific externalities of the states of India so as to make end-user translation and technology adoption easier. The Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) in the Department of Science & Technology (DST) is proposed to be made the nodal agency for implementing the IMPRINT-2.
Scope of IMPRINT-2
Important Features of IMPRINT-2