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ACCELERATE VIGYAN

  • Category
    Economy
  • Published
    9th Jul, 2020

To provide a single platform for research internships, capacity building programs, and workshops across the country, the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) has launched a new scheme called ‘Accelerate Vigyan’ (AV).

Context

To provide a single platform for research internships, capacity building programs, and workshops across the country, the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) has launched a new scheme called ‘Accelerate Vigyan’ (AV).

About

  • The primary objective of this inter-ministerial scheme is to give more thrust on encouraging high-end scientific research and preparing scientific manpower, which can lead to research careers and knowledge-based economy.
    • The vision is to expand the research base, with three broad goals, namely-
      • consolidation/aggregation of all scientific programs
      • initiating high-end orientation workshops
      • creating opportunities for research internships for those who do not have access to such resources/facilities

How will it work?

  • The AV will work on mission mode, particularly with respect to its component dealing with consolidation/aggregation of all major scientific events in the country.
  • Thus, an Inter-Ministerial Overseeing Committee (IMOC) involving all the scientific ministries/departments and a few others have been constituted for the purpose of supporting SERB in implementing the AV scheme in a successful manner.
  • The database of skilled manpower developed across different disciplines so generated and the final outcomes captured in the process through all the sub-components of the AV will serve the cause of all stakeholders in respect of capacity building in the country.
  • The scheme also seeks to garner the social responsibility of the scientific community in the country.

Major Components under the Scheme

  • ‘ABHYAAS’ programme
    • As for the ‘ABHYAAS’ programme, it is an attempt to boost research and development in the country by enabling and grooming potential PG/PhD students by means of developing their research skills in selected areas across different disciplines or fields.
    • It has two components:
      • High-End Workshops (‘KARYASHALA’)
      • Research Internships (‘VRITIKA’)
    • SAMMOHAN
      • Another new component under AV is ‘SAMMOHAN’ that has been sub-divided into ‘SAYONJIKA’ and ‘SANGOSHTI’.
        • SAYONJIKA is an open-ended program to catalogue the capacity building activities in science and technology supported by all government funding agencies in the country.
        • SANGOSHTI is a pre-existing program of SERB.

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