Visitor’s Conference begins with the launch of ‘IMPRINT India’

Question: ‘IMPRINT (Impacting Research Innovation and Technology) INDIA’ initiative is aimed at-

(a) Water supply in urban areas.
(b) Power supply in urban areas.
(c) Promoting research in higher education institutions.
(d) Housing for the poor in rural areas.

Ans (c)

Related facts:

  • President Pranab Mukherjee on 5 November 2015 launched “IMPRINT India” at Rashtrapati Bhavan during Visitor’s Conference in the presence of Prime minister.
  • IMPRINT (Impacting Research Innovation and Technology) INDIA’ is a Pan-IIT and IISc joint initiative to develop a roadmap for research to solve major engineering and technology challenges in ten technology domains relevant to India today.
  • The idea of launching ‘IMPRINT India’ originated during the conference of Chairmen, Board of Governors and Directors of Indian Institutes of Technology convened by the President at Rashtrapati Bhavan on August 22, 2014.
  • IMPRINT India will focus on ten themes with each to be coordinated by one IIT/IISc.
  • Ten themesare Health Care, Computer Science and ICT, Advance Materials, Water Resources and River systems, Sustainable Urban Design, Defence, Nano-technology Hardware, Environmental Science and Climate Change and Energy Security.
  • Objectives of this initiative:

(i) Identifying areas of immediate relevance that requires innovation in the society.

(ii) Direct scientific research in the identified areas.

(iii) Ensure support and higher funding for research for identified areas.

(iv) Measure the outcomes of innovation and research efforts and its impact on the standard of living in the urban and rural areas.

  • An Inter Ministerial Group (IMG) will be set up as the single window mechanism. The group will shortlist research projects by leading research and technology institutes. It will also approve funds for the same.
  • IMG will comprise of members from multiple ministries, such as Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD), Ministry of Defence, Department of Science & Technology, Department of Biotechnology, and Ministry of Rural Development.


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