brain drain at different stages of scientific careers such as Early Career Research Awards
(ECRA) for young faculty for setting up laboratory facilities for quick launching of research by
new faculty, around 300 candidates will be supported annually under ECRA.
Teachers’ Associates for Research Excellence (TARE) Mobility Scheme: The Scheme
launched in 2016-17 aims to facilitate mobility of faculty members working in a regular capacity
in state universities/colleges/academic institutions such as IITs, IISc, IISERs, national labs, etc.,
located nearer to the institution where the faculty member is working. This would bring in our
research stream the latent or dormant scientific manpower with modest investment and improve
the potential for research and teaching in two tier institutions. Provision of fellowship amount of
₹ 5,000 per month, contingency grant of ₹ 5 lakh per annum and overhead for a period of 3 years
has been made.
Attracting Young Talent
Innovation in science pursuit for inspired research (INSPIRE) is an ongoing initiative for
attracting talent for science and research. About 3.67 lakh students in the age group of 10-15
have been provided INSPIRE awards during the last 3 years. Science camps are organised to
provide opportunity to class XI students pursuing science to interact with the science icons from
India and abroad including Nobel Laureates to experience the joy of innovations. Around 40,000
students have been awarded scholarship for higher education during last three years. INSPIRE
faculty awards are provided to post-doctoral researchers in the age group of 27-32 years through
contractual and tenure positions for 5 years in basic and applied sciences. Faculty awards have
been given to over 700 candidates awarded in the last four years.
Opportunities for Women Scientists
Department of Science and Technology launched several initiatives for women in science
under its flagship scheme namely KIRAN (Knowledge Involvement in Research Advancement
through Nurturing). Through this unique initiative, DST provides opportunity to women
scientists who had break in their career, primarily due to family reasons, to pursue research in
physical and mathematical sciences, chemical sciences, life sciences, earth and atmospheric
sciences and engineering technology. More than 2,500 women scientists are beneficiaries of this
Nano Science and Technology
National Mission of Nano Science and Technology - an umbrella programme- was launched
in 2007 to promote R&D in this emerging area of research in a comprehensive fashion. The main
objectives of this mission are- basic research promotion, research infrastructure development,
nano application and technology development, human resource development, international
collaboration and orchestrating national dialogues.
National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem (NMSHE) and National Mission
for Strategic Knowledge on Climate Change (NMSKCC) launched under National Action Plan
for Climate Change (NAPCC) are under implementation by the Department. As part of
deliverables of these national missions, six major research programmes have been initiated.