The Union Government has approved 122 new research project proposals worth Rs 112 crore for funding under its Impacting Research Innovation and Technology ‘IMPRINT-2’ scheme.
The proposals were approved on August 4, 2018 at the IMPRINT 2 Apex Committee meeting held in New Delhi. The initiative aims to advance research in energy, healthcare, security and defence domains in the high education institutions.
• Among 2145 proposals, 122 best proposals were selected for funding under IMPRINT-2. Of the selected 122 new projects, 81 are sponsored by the industry.
• The selected proposals include 35 (ICT),18 (Advanced Materials), 17 (Healthcare Technology), 12 (Energy Security), 11 (Security &Defence), 9 (Sustainable Habitat), 7 Water Resource & River Systems, 5 (Environment & Climate), 4 (Manufacturing) and 4 (Nano Technology).
• The implementation of 142 projects under IMPRINT-1 has got underway. These projects have received support from several ministries, councils and departments in addition to the Ministry of Human Resource Development.
• The knowledge portal for monitoring the progress of these research projects and to disseminate findings will be launched in October 2018.
IMPRINT is the first of its kind government-supported 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.
The initiative is aimed at:
- Developing new engineering education policy
It also provides the overarching vision that guides research into areas that are predominantly socially relevant.
Among the selected projects under IMPRINT-1, the following are under implementation:
• Development of cost-effective Magneto-Rheological (MR) Fluid Damper in two wheelers and four wheelers automobile to improve ride comfort and stability.
• Indigenous development of ultra high strength steel with stainless property for space application.
• High strength, wear and corrosion resistant steel for high-speed rail and elastic clip.
• Low-cost indoor occupancy and climate monitoring system for energy conservation.
• Development of artificial pancreas for closed loop blood glucose control of type-1 diabetic patients in India.
• Development of a smartphone camera-based sensor for detection and remediation of chromium pollution in water.
• Efficient glycemic control for the management of diabetes complications and intervention with a novel point of care device for community healthcare.
• Smart classrooms: Technology aids for effective teaching in large classrooms.
• Designing and fabrication of an aerodynamic lens for nanoparticles of variable size.
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