The Ministry Human Resource Department (MHRD) has approved 122 new research project at a cost of Rs 122 crore under the IMPRINT-2. The project will cover domains like Energy, Security, Healthcare, Advanced Materials, ICT and Security/Defence domains. "Out of 2145 proposals, 122 best proposals were selected for funding under IMPRINT-II, advancing cutting edge level technology," Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said in a statement today.
"Of the 122 new IMPRINT projects sanctioned, 81 are sponsored by industry...This industry-academic collaboration will bring excellence in research," HRD Minister Javadekar said. Prakash Javadekar also added that the knowledge portal for monitoring the progress of research projects and to disseminate findings will be launched in October 2018. The new research project proposals selected 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).
He further added that now IMPRINT proposals are also open for higher education institutes including private institutes. The second phase of IMPRINT was launched by the MHRD in the month of March. Rs 1000 had been sanctioned by the government for the second phase for research in Science and Technology which will be provided over the course of next two years, i.e. 2018-19 and 2019-20.