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DST restructures FIST programme to cater to high-end science, tech wants of startups

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New Delhi: The Department of Science and Technology stated on Saturday it’s restructuring its Fund for Improvement of Science and Technology Infrastructure in Universities and Higher Educational Institutions (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 direction of the purpose of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ to create analysis and improvement infrastructure not just for experimental work but in addition to cater to theoretical work, concepts and entrepreneurship, stated Sanjay Dhande, the chairperson of the FIST Advisory Board.

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

“The Department of Science and Technology (DST) is restructuring its FIST programme under which it supports scaling up of the network of infrastructural facilities for teaching and research in universities and higher educational institutions to cater to high-end S&T infrastructural requirements of start-ups and industries,” the division stated in a press release.

It may even hyperlink up programmes like FIST, Sophisticated Analytical Instrument Facilities (SAIF), and Sophisticated Analytical & Technical Help Institutes (SATHI), all of that are designed to arrange science and know-how infrastructure centres at division, college, regional and nationwide stage, it stated.

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

This is as a result of they like to not purchase gear and infrastructure that are of restricted utilization to them and so they can not entry a lot of the high-end science and know-how infrastructure arrange within the universities and establishments, the assertion stated.

Till 2019, about 2,910 S&T departments and post-graduate faculties have been supported with a complete funding of about Rs 2,970 crore beneath FIST. In SAIF, 15 centres have been funded whereas SATHI has three centres operating and extra to be supported beneath the analysis and improvement infrastructure division.

“The S&T infrastructure community would now attain out to extra beneficiaries and concentrate on alignment with a number of the National Missions and Sustainable Development Goals in addition to in direction of know-how translational analysis selling completely different start-ups and industries.

“The restructuring would also entail a shift from a discipline (tool-centric) based research to interdisciplinary problem solution-centric research,” the assertion stated.

This wouldn’t solely encourage Indian-origin researchers in tutorial institutes and analysis organisations the world over and resident counterparts to discover collaborative joint ventures to strengthen the science and know-how base in India for world improvement however would additionally enrol trade in analysis and improvement endeavour to result in direct advantages for the society, it added.

Ashutosh Sharma, the secretary of DST stated, “There is a huge investment in the creation of science and technology infrastructure in the country running into tens of thousands of crore of rupees every year, which will bring manifold value with effective and transparent sharing practices with the ease of use.”

“Because of this, the DST is also formulating a policy on the best practices for the creation, effective use, sharing, maintenance, skill generation, and disposal of science and technology infrastructure,” he added.


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