New Delhi : During the Visitor’s Conference at Rashtrapati Bhavan, The IMPacting Research INnovation and Technology – IMPRINT India brochure was released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the first copy was handed over to the President of India on the occasion. However the President later launched the ‘IMPRINT’ India. The brochure was released in the presence of the President of India Pranab Mukherjee, Union HRD Minister Smt Smriti Irani, MoS for HRD Shri Ram Shanker Katheria and MoS for Chemicals and Fertilizers Shri Hansraj Ahir.
To solve the major engineering and technology challenges in ten technology domains relevant to India, ‘IMPRINT India’ has been launched by IIT and IISc in a joint initiative to develop a road map for research works. The idea of ‘IMPRINT India’ originated during the conference which was held on August 22, 2014. Chairmen, Board of Governors and Directors of Indian Institutes of Technology were part of the conference which was chaired by President at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The initiative was taken on the Prime Minister’s suggestion that ‘research done by institutions of national importance must be linked with immediate requirements of the society at large’.
The ten themes that IMPRINT India will focus with each to be coordinated by one IIT/IISc, namely
(a) Health Care – IIT Kharagpur
(b) Computer Science and ICT – IIT Kharagpur
(c) Advance Materials – IIT Kanpur
(d) Water Resources and River systems – IIT Kanpur
(e) Sustainable Urban Design – IIT Roorkee
(f) Defense – IIT Madras
(g) Manufacturing – IIT Madras
(h) Nano-technology Hardware – IIT Bombay,
(i) Environmental Science and Climate Change – IISc Bangalore
(j) Energy Security – IIT Bombay
While addressing the gathering, Prime Minister Modi laid emphasis over the vital role innovation and technology plays in the progress and development of nation. He noted that the primary objective of all the institutions offering higher education should be innovation in learning. He cited that the main reason why India has risen a lot since past is the solutions to challenges like global warming and converting waste to wealth. He asked the institutions to focus on areas such as defense manufacturing. Prime Minister pointed, “Science is universal but technology must be local.”
President Pranab Mukherjee said that there can be an unexpected transformation in higher education sector in our country within a short span of time if the institutes of higher education keep on joining hands like this. He appreciated the Ministry of Human Resources Development for all the initiatives they keep on undertaking time and again with special mention of Global Initiative for Academic Networks (GIAN) and recently launched National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF). President Pranab Mukherjee also said, “New Education Policy (NEP) must alter the dynamics of the education sector and help us achieve the GER target of 30 percent by 2020, a goal we cannot afford to miss.”
The Union HRD Minister Smt Smriti Irani while speaking on the occasion said, “in the coming one year, under GIAN 400 foreign academicians will be welcomed in government institutions to impart new knowledge to students and share new teaching methodologies with faculty.” She also made the announcement that an Indian MOOCS platform will be built in which close to 2.5 lakh hours of e-content on a single platform will be available thereby possibly making it the world’s largest repository of electronic learning resources under a single window.
So as to ensure universal access to high quality education for every Indian ‘SWAYAM’ will be launched for which close to 714 courses have been specially designed so as to help students ranging from class 9 to 12 till higher education level.