Pune: In order to address the need for building professionally managed and shared science and technology infrastructure in the country, the Department of Science & Technology has launched a unique scheme called ‘Sophisticated Analytical & Technical Help Institutes’ (SATHI). It aims to build infrastructure which is readily accessible to academia, start-ups, manufacturing, industry and R&D labs.
These Centres are expected to house major analytical instruments to provide common services of high-end analytical testing, thus avoiding duplication and reduced dependency on foreign sources. These would be operated with a transparent open-access policy.
DST has already set up three such centres in the country, one each at IIT Kharagpur, IIT Delhi and Banaras Hindu University at the cost of Rs 125 crore each. It has planned to set up five SATHI Centres every year for the next four years. Rs 375 crore has been spent so far.
SATHI will address the problems of accessibility, maintenance, redundancy and duplication of expensive equipment in our institutions while reaching out to the less endowed organizations. This will also foster a strong culture of collaboration between institutions and across disciplines to take advantage of developments, innovations and expertise in diverse areas.
Besides the SATHI initiative, support to 100 top-performing departments in universities, IITs and so on will be provided this year with an investment of Rs 500 crore for augmentation of their research facilities to global benchmarks.
The research profiles of the supported departments will align with the national priorities of excellence in manufacturing, waste processing, clean energy and water, and start-up India. This will empower the scientific community to gain global leadership in select frontier areas of science.
This information was provided by the Communications Team at the Dept. of Science & Technology, Ministry of Science & Technology.
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