HRD Ministry launches schemes to promote science, social science research


What is Important?
UPSC perspective:
Prelims:Objectives
Mains:Improvement of Research and Development ecosystem in India


Why in News?

The Minister of Human Resource Development launched the web portal of the Scheme “Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration”.

Objectives:

*Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur is the National Coordinating Institute to implement the SPARC programme.
*Under this Scheme, 600 joint research proposals will be awarded for 2 years to facilitate strong research collaboration between Indian research groups with the best in class faculty and renowned research groups in the leading universities of the world.
*The researchers worked in areas that are at the cutting edge of science or with direct social relevance to mankind, specifically India.

Significance:

The SPARC Scheme is expected to have a major impact in providing the best international expertise to address major national problems, expose Indian academicians to the best collaborators abroad, enable international faculty to stay in India for a longer duration, provide Indian students an opportunity to work in the world class laboratories, to develop strong bilateral relationships in research, and improve the international ranking of Indian Institutions.
*SPARC proposes to enable productive academic cooperation by supporting the following critical components that can catalyze impact making research :
i) Visits and long-term stay of top international faculty/researchers in Indian institutions to pursue teaching and research
ii) Visits by Indian students for training and experimentation in premier laboratories worldwide
iii) Joint development of niche courses, world-class books and monographs, translatable patents, demonstrable technologies or action-oriented research outcomes and products,
iv) Publication, Dissemination and Visibility through a high profile annual international conference in India.






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