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Ministry of Science & Technology Sanctions 530 New Projects in 2009-10 Print E-mail
Written by Anand   
Thursday, 23 December 2010
New Delhi: The Ministry of Science & Technology sanctioned a total of about 530 new projects costing about Rs.160.3 crores under the SERC/PAC mechanism under broad areas of Science & Engineering in 2009-10. In addition, releases for about 1250 ongoing projects were made.

The National Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB), which aims to foster knowledge-based and technology-driven entrepreneurship among S&T persons, launched five new Technology Business Incubators (TBIs) in 2009-10.

A status report on "Technology Business Incubation in India" was prepared and brought out which would help all relevant organizations, stakeholders and concerned people to shape their offerings for better overall effectiveness of the incubator program and help and build the desired ecosystem for innovation and entrepreneurship.

For International Collaboration in S&T about 300 Joint R&D projects and 20 Joint workshops/seminars were supported. More than 600 exchange visits took place for joint research, information exchange and joint use of facilities. 10 joint industrial R&D projects were approved under collaboration with Israel, Canada and Switzerland. Support to Indo-French Centre for Promotion of Advanced Research (IFCPAR), Indo-US S&T Forum (IUSSTF) and Indo-German S&T Centre (IGSTC) was continued.

Under the National Mission on Nano Science and Nano Technology (Nano Mission), an umbrella programme to promote R&D in this emerging and active area of research, 32 R&D projects, 2 new Units on Nano Science at IISER, Pune and IIT, Madras, Chennai and one M. Tech. programme in Nano Technology at JNTU, Hyderabad were supported in addition to extending support to the ongoing programmes in 2009-10. A major initiative to take off on 2011-12 will be grant of loans to industries for product-specific projects.

The Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), Bangalore, during the period 2009-10, initiated steps towards testing and calibration of the  engineering model of the Ultra Violet Imaging Telescope (UVIT) system was carried out at the new laboratory viz. M.G.K. Menon Laboratory for Space Sciences; this  payload will be deployed by ISRO on its ASTROSAT Mission. Design and fabrication of precision instruments, Characterization of potential sites  and  formulation of  Critical Design Review Report for setting up the National Large  Solar Telescope; During the period 2009-10, the members of the Institute have published scientific results in 76  papers in leading journals, 54 papers in the Proceedings; in addition, they have brought out two books, edited three books, contributed to 4 Books.  

International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI), Hyderabad has been set up with a mission to develop unique, novel and techno-commercially viable technologies in the area of advanced materials and their processing and subsequently transfer them to the industries. New Technologies developed by the Centre include Industrial production of nanosilver-coated candle filters for disinfection of drinking water has commenced and is in the market with the brand name of PURITECH, Process know-how for production of low and high calcium aluminate cements and high temperature furnace sealants has been transferred to Sharada Ceramics Pvt. Ltd., Chennai, Micro Arc Oxidation  Coating Technology commissioned at 3 companies.   During 2009-10, 41, important collaborations were made, 83 research papers were published and 43 new patents applications were submitted.

The National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) is a third party voluntary accreditation body providing formal recognition for technical competence of testing, calibration and medical laboratories. NABL accreditation system complies with ISO/IEC 17011:2004 and Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC) MR001.  The laboratory accreditation is primarily based on ISO/IEC 17025:2005 for testing and calibration laboratories and ISO 15189:2007 for medical laboratories thereby contributing to the economic growth of the country.  The accreditation helps the industry to standardize and enhance the quality of products and services both for domestic market and exports. NABL had a total of 1180 accredited laboratories in 2408 fields/sub-fields. Out of these 212 laboratories in 430 fields / sub-fields were added during the financial year 2009-2010.

Raman Research Institute, Bangalore is engaged to carry out research in fundamental sciences. The Astronomy and Astrophysics Group continued to work in areas like: Cosmology and Structure Formation, Extragalactic Astronomy, Neutron Stars and Pulsars, the Galaxy and Interstellar Medium, Surveys, Topological Phase, Instrumentation and Signal Processing, etc. This group  pursued existing collaborative programmes, and also initiated a new one with the Indian Space Research Organisation.  The other  important international projects on which considerable further progress achieved were:  the Murchison Wide-field Array (MWA). This  project is led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)  with several other partner institutions in the USA and Australia. The goal of MWA is to develop powerful new capabilities for Radio Astronomy in the frequency range 80 – 330 MHz, optimized for extremely wide fields of view and unprecedented sensitivity for a few key science goals.  During 2009-10, 149 research papers were published. 4 Indian and 4 International patent applications were filed, 5 Ph.D Thesis were submitted and 5 Ph.D Degrees were awarded.

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