For advancing research in the high education institutions, the government has approved 122 new research projects at a cost of Rs 112 crore under IMPRINT-2 covering Energy, Security, Healthcare, Advanced Materials, ICT and Security/Defence domains.
Of the 122 new IMPRINT projects sanctioned, 81 are sponsored by industry.This industry-academic collaboration will bring excellence in research.
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).
What is IMPRINT?
IMpacting Research INnovation and Technology ( IMPRINT )is the first of its kind MHRD supported Pan-IIT + IISc joint initiative, now open for private institutions too, 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.This novel initiative with twofold mandate is aimed at:
(a) Developing new engineering education policy
(b) Creating a road map to pursue engineering challenges
IMPRINT provides the overarching vision that guides research into areas that are predominantly socially relevant.
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.
Among the 142 IMPRINT-1 projects under implementation are:
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 an 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 : Intervention with Novel Point of Care Device for Community Healthcare;
Smart Classrooms: Technology Aids for Effective Teaching in Large Classrooms; and
Designing and fabrication of an aerodynamic lens for nanoparticles of variable size.