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Fostering Scientific Collaboration and Resource Accessibility


I-STEM (Indian Science, Technology, and Engineering facilities Map) is launching the Samavesha project at IISc., Bengaluru, on January 16 to enhance research collaboration in India by enhancing accessibility to facilities and labs.


GS III: Science and Technology

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. I-STEM: Fostering Scientific Collaboration and Resource Accessibility

I-STEM: Fostering Scientific Collaboration and Resource Accessibility

Initiative Overview:
  • Developed by the Office of Principal Scientific Advisor, Government of India.
  • Envisions “One Nation One Portal” for the scientific community.
  • Aims at “Linking Researchers and Resources” to facilitate seamless collaboration.
User Assistance:
  • Helps users locate specific facilities for their Research and Development (R&D) work.
  • Enables researchers to identify nearby or readily available facilities.

Fee Structure:
  • Organizations, acting as custodians of facilities, may charge fees for running and maintaining resources beyond the project duration.
Expert Panel:
  • A panel of experts will be formed to assist users through I-STEM’s S&T Chat Room.
  • Provides information to optimize resource utilization.
Digital Catalogue:
  • Integral part of the I-STEM web portal.
  • Catalogs technologies and technology products mandated by the Empowered Technology Group.
Industry Challenges Platform:
  • Under development for startups and academia.
  • Facilitates hosting and conducting industry challenges, contributing to India’s self-reliance.
Government Directive:
  • Institutions with GoI-funded R&D facilities mandated to list them on the I-STEM Portal.
  • Ensures comprehensive coverage of research resources.
Intellectual Property Protection:
  • I-STEM protects intellectual property through a filed provisional patent application.
  • Titled “A method and process for efficient use of geographically dispersed resources.”

-Source: The Hindu

February 2024