AICTE and INAE have launched the AICTE-INAE TEACHERS RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP SCHEME for Engineering Teachers for Doctoral Research in Central Laboratories in order to promote a research culture amongst the faculty in AICTE approved engineering institutions. Under this scheme, engineering teachers in AICTE approved engineering colleges/institutions shall be sponsored to pursue research in Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)/ Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO)/ Department of Space (DoS)/ Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) laboratories leading to the award of a Ph.D degree in the chosen field of study. The Ph.D degree will be awarded by the concerned organizations of CSIR/DRDO/DAE/DOS.
A brief description about the four departments/organizations is given below:
The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) – a premier industrial R&D organization aims to provide industrial competitiveness, strong S&T base for strategic sectors and advancement of fundamental knowledge. CSIR is recognized as the largest publicly funded R&D organization having linkages to academia, R&D organizations and Industry. The unique mix of multi-disciplinary expertise, sound technical knowledge and talent for innovation, backed up by state of the art research facilities in its laboratories, has enabled CSIR to emerge as a global player.
Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) constituted in 1958 currently has a network of more than 50 central laboratories which are deeply engaged in developing defence technologies covering various disciplines, like aeronautics, armaments, electronics, combat vehicles, engineering systems, instrumentation, missiles, advanced computing and simulation, special materials, naval systems, life sciences, transportation systems, information systemsand agriculture. Over the years, it has grown multi-directionally in terms of the variety of subject disciplines, number of laboratories, achievements and stature.
The Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) was constituted on August 3, 1954 under the direct charge of the Prime Minister through a Presidential Order. DAE has been engaged in the development of nuclear power technology, applications of radiation technologies in the fields of agriculture, medicine, industry and basic research. It also supports eight institutes of international repute engaged in research in basic sciences, astronomy, astrophysics, cancer research and education. DAE comprises five research centers, three industrial organizations, five public sector undertakings and three service organizations. It has under its aegis two boards for promoting and funding extra-mural research in nuclear and allied fields, mathematics and a national institute (deemed university).
Department of Space (DOS) constituted in 1972 has the primary responsibility of promoting development of space science & technology towards achieving self-reliance and for space applications facilitating all-round development of the nation. It is committed to carry out research and development in satellite and launch vehicle technology. DoS aims to promote the development and application of space science and technology for the socio-economic benefit of the country.
All the above mentioned departments/organizations have adopted the mandate to create and train some of the best of tomorrow’s S&T leaders through a combination of innovative and novel curricula, pedagogy and evaluation and by providing research opportunities in these areas. The focus is on imparting knowledge in such areas which are not routinely covered in regular academic universities in India. These have been established as ‘Institutes of National Importance’ with a view to maximize the number of qualified researchers and professionals of outstanding quality in the domain of science & engineering; and to equip them with the skills to innovate and conduct seamless interdisciplinary research.
An “AICTE-INAE Travel Grant Scheme” for Engineering Students to present papers abroad has been launched for enhancing the quality of engineering education in the country. The objective of the scheme is to provide partial travel assistance and registration fees to Bachelors and Masters Level engineering students for presenting a research paper in an international scientific event (conference/seminar/symposium/workshop/exhibition etc) in order to encourage engineering students to engage in research. The proposal(s) received duly completed in all respects will be evaluated by subject experts.
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