President Mukherjee to inaugurate ‘Imprint India’ tomorrow
â€˜IMPRINT Indiaâ€™, a Pan-IIT and IISc joint initiative to develop a roadmap for research to solve major engineering and technology challenges in ten technology domains relevant to India will be launched by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee tomorrow (November 5, 2015) at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The launch will be done at a function being held as part of the Visitorâ€™s Conference.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will release the IMPRINT India brochure and hand over the first copy to the President of India. Union Minister of Human Resource Development Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani will also address the gathering.
The idea of launching â€˜IMPRINT Indiaâ€™ originated during the conference of Chairmen, Board of Governors and Directors of Indian Institutes of Technology convened by the President at Rashtrapati Bhavan on August 22, 2014. It is based on the Prime Ministerâ€™s suggestion that research done by institutions of national importance must be linked with immediate requirements of the society at large.
The objectives of this initiative is to (1) identify areas of immediate relevance to society requiring innovation, (2) direct scientific research into identified areas, (3) ensure higher funding support for research into these areas and (4) measure outcomes of the research effort with reference to impact on the standard of living in the rural/urban areas.
IMPRINT India will focus on ten themes with each to be coordinated by one IIT/IISc, namely:-
(a) Health Care – IIT Kharagpur,
(b) Computer Science and ICT â€“ IIT Kharagpur,
(c) Advance Materials â€“ IIT Kanpur,
(d) Water Resources and River systems â€“ IIT Kanpur,
(e) Sustainable Urban Design â€“ IIT Roorkee,
(f) Defence â€“ IIT Madras,