I-STEM organises a national event to revolutionise research collaboration in India at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore
The I-STEM network has partnered with 2,350 research and academic institutes across India to provide scientific infrastructure, including labs. The initiative by the Government’s Office of Principal Scientific Advisor aims to revolutionise research collaboration in India.
The event was held at IISc Bangalore, to connect Researchers, Industry and startups with Lab facilities.
The project targets connecting researchers with scientific institutes through an online portal. The Researcher or the industry looking to avail advanced scientific equipment can connect with the institution that has the equipment they are looking for and rent it to conduct their experiments, through the I-STEM Portal.
The I-STEM network in India saves researchers, industry and start-ups from costly capital expenditure on advanced equipment and prevents duplication of resources in research institutions. With 27,730 users and 2,350 institutes’, the network provides the scientific infrastructure to users, reducing costs and promoting collaboration.
“I-STEM is vital for innovation and economic growth, focusing on inclusive growth for a sustainable society. Equitable resource distribution contributes to social stability and shared resources foster social stability among the entire community”, Dr Parvinder Maini, Scientific Secretary, Office of Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India, said.
“The I-STEM idea, initiated by the Office of Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India, emphasises the importance of a top-down and bottom-up approach for successful research. It advocated for a culture of collaboration among institutions and researchers, recognising the need for shared resources and shared resources to achieve high-level research, innovation and translation. This approach has received significant support from the office”, Navakanta Bhat, Principal Investigator, I-STEM and Dean (Department of Interdisciplinary Science), IISc, Bengaluru, said.
“Samavesha ” aims to transform the nation into a collaborative era, breaking barriers and fostering connections. It aims to create an environment where ideas flourish and any publicly-funded lab will become accessible to researchers, creating awareness and access. Samavesha will become a beacon, lighting the path to a future where innovation is unbound”, Dr Harilal Bhaskar, Chief Operating Officer and National Coordinator of I-STEM, said.