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Accelerate Vigyan (AV) Scheme: Why in news?

  • The Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) has launched a new scheme called ‘Accelerate Vigyan’ (AV), to provide a single platform for research internships, capacity building programs, and workshops across the country.
    The AV will work on mission mode, particularly with respect to its component dealing with consolidation / aggregation of all major scientific events in the country.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Aims of the AV Scheme

  • 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 aim is to expand the research base in the country, with three broad goals –

  1. Consolidation / aggregation of all scientific training programs,
  2. Initiating High-end Orientation Workshops and
  3. Creating opportunities for Research Internships.

AV will initiate and strengthen mechanisms of identifying research potential, mentoring, training and hands-on workshop on a national scale.

  • The scheme also seeks to garner the social responsibility of the scientific community in the country.

Components of AV


  • AV has already called for applications under its ‘ABHYAAS’ component for the Winter Season.
  • ABHYAAS programme is an attempt to boost research and development in the country by enabling and grooming potential PG/PhD students by means of developing their research skills in selected areas across different disciplines or fields.

ABHYAAS has 2 components

  1. KARYASHALA- High-End Workshops
  2. VRITIKA- Research Internship.


Mission ‘SAMOOHAN’ aims to encourage, aggregate and consolidate all scientific interactions in the country under one common roof.

SAMOOHAN also has 2 components

  1. SAYONJIKA- an open-ended program to catalogue the capacity building activities in science and technology.
  2. SANGOSTI- a pre-existing program of SERB
May 2024