SERB launches ‘Accelerate Vigyan’ scheme to strengthen scientific research mechanism

Our Bureau, MumbaiThursday, July 2, 2020, 12:50 Hrs  [IST]

The Scientific and Engineering Research Board (SERB) has launched the ‘Accelerate Vigyan’ scheme to strengthen mechanisms of identifying research potential, mentoring, training and hands-on workshop on a national scale. 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 programmes, initiating high-end orientation workshops, and creating opportunities for research internships for those who do not have access to such resources/facilities,” said Dr Rajeev Mehajan, Advisor, SERB. The institution is also planning to launch an app for this in the coming two months. Accelerate Vigyan 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 has been constituted for the purpose of supporting SERB in implementing the AV scheme in a successful manner. The scheme also seeks to garner the social responsibility of the scientific community in the country. In a nutshell, the AV platform is expected to be a game changer for developing career paths and providing support to catalogue the development of skilled man-power.