Countrywide S&T infrastructure facilities to be accessible to industry & startup
Startups and industries will soon have access to equipment and S&T infrastructure in different institutions, universities, and colleges spread all over the country to carry out experiments and tests they require for their R&D, technology, and product development. DST is restructuring its FIST (Fund for Improvement of S&T Infrastructure in Universities and Higher Educational institutions) programme under which it supports scaling up ofthe network ofinfrastructural facilities for teaching and research in Universities and higher educational institutions to cater to high-end S&T infrastructural requirements of startups and industries.
It will also link up programmes like FIST, Sophisticated Analytical Instrument Facilities (SAIF), and Sophisticated Analytical & Technical Help Institutes (SATHI), all of which are designed to set up S&T infrastructure centres at different levels –department, university, regional and national level respectively.
S&T infrastructure network would now reach out to more
beneficiaries and focus on alignment with some of the National Missions
and Sustainable Development Goals as well as towards technology
translational research promoting different start-ups and industries. The
restructuring would also entail a shift from discipline (tool-centric)
based research to interdisciplinary problem solution-centric research. This
would not only encourage Indian-origin researchers in academic
institutes and research organizations across the world and resident
counterparts to explore collaborative joint ventures to strengthen the
S&T base in India for global development but would also enrol
industry in R&D endeavor to bring about direct benefits for the