DST restructures FIST programme

“The restructuring would additionally entail a shift from a self-discipline (tool-centric) based mostly analysis to interdisciplinary drawback solution-centric analysis.”

New Delhi: The Division of Science and Expertise mentioned it’s restructuring its Fund for Enchancment of Science and Expertise Infrastructure in Universities and Larger Instructional Establishments (FIST) to cater to high-end necessities of startups and industries and align it with the federal government’s ‘self-reliant India’ marketing campaign.

The FIST programme will now be reinvented as FIST 2.Zero to orient it in the direction of the objective of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ to create analysis and growth infrastructure not just for experimental work but in addition to cater to theoretical work, concepts and entrepreneurship, mentioned Sanjay Dhande, the chairperson of the FIST Advisory Board.

It will create a brand new paradigm for FIST 2.0, he added.

“The Division of Science and Expertise (DST) is restructuring its FIST programme below which it helps scaling up of the community of infrastructural services for educating and analysis in universities and better academic establishments to cater to high-end S&T infrastructural necessities of start-ups and industries,” the division mentioned in an announcement.

It’ll additionally hyperlink up programmes like FIST, Refined Analytical Instrument Services (SAIF), and Refined Analytical & Technical Assist Institutes (SATHI), all of that are designed to arrange science and know-how infrastructure centres at division, college, regional and nationwide degree, it mentioned.

Whereas on a median of about 8,500 researchers use these services in centres unfold throughout India, industries and start-ups concerned in analysis and growth, know-how and product growth have to hold out most high-end experiments and testing of applied sciences from laboratories exterior India.

“The restructuring would additionally entail a shift from a self-discipline (tool-centric) based mostly analysis to interdisciplinary drawback solution-centric analysis,” the assertion mentioned.

This could not solely encourage Indian-origin researchers in tutorial institutes and analysis organisations internationally and resident counterparts to discover collaborative joint ventures to strengthen the science and know-how base in India for international growth however would additionally enrol trade in analysis and growth endeavour to result in direct advantages for the society, it added.

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