HRD Ministry to “IMPRINT” roadmap for Engineering & Technology Challenges
New Delhi: The Ministry of Human Resource Development in a unique move, created the first of its kind initiative involving all the Indian Institutes of Technology and IISCs of the country. The project will address the major engineering challenges the country must address and champion to enable, empower and embolden the nation for inclusive growth and self-reliance.
The project aptly called IMPacting Research INnovation and Technology or IMPRINT will address 10 Technology Domains as grand engineering challenges.
This MHRD project, created at the behest of the honourable Minister Smt Smnriti Zubin Irani, in the first phase defines its twofold mandate of a) developing new engineering education policy and b) creating a road map including infrastructure readiness to address the stated challenges.
The Domains and Coordinators of IMPRINT, steered by IIT Kanpur (as the national coordinator), are:
(i) Health care: IIT Kharagpur
(ii) Information and Communication Technology: IIT Kharagpur
(iii) Energy: IIT Bombay
(iv) Sustainable Habitat: IIT Roorkee
(v) Nano-technology Hardware: IIT Bombay
(vi) Water Resources and River systems: IIT Kanpur
(vii) Advanced Materials: IIT Kanpur
(viii) Manufacturing: IIT Madras
(ix) Security and Defense: IIT Madras
(x) Environmental Science and Climate Change: IISc, Bangalore
Project IMPRINT will be jointly launched by the President and Prime Minister of India on Thursday November 5, 2015 at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. Speaking at pre-lunch meeting, Prof Indranil Manna, National Co-coordinator, IMPRINT and Director, IIT Kanpur elaborated, “each technology domain of IMPRINT along with the underlying themes, targets and topics embedded in them represent the immediate goals before the nation for engineering innovation and intervention.’ Addressing the conference, Shri V S Oberoi, Secretary, Higher Education, stated “IMPRINT as a national movement will provide an opportunity for higher education institutes of the country to integrate with all grass root level institutes, industry and organizations, mutually complement and deliver what the country demands and aspires.’ Asst Secretary, Technical Education MHRD, Shri R Subrahmanyam said, the technology domains are representative areas deserving immediate attention for innovation and intervention. Each domain is sub-divided into multiple themes, sub-themes, targets and topics eventually defining about a million project titles to be owned and championed by the higher echelon technological institutes in the country and percolated to the grass root level for active participation. “IMPRINT in its first phase is a policy developing initiative covering pedagogy, teaching, curriculum, technology-bench marking and infrastructure readiness”, concluded Prof Indranil Manna.