Cancellation of notification for DST scheme worries researchers
- The Centre’s move to cancel a call for proposals under the Department of Science and Technology (DST)’s SATHI programme has sparked fears among higher education institutions
- shrinking funding sources to procure sophisticated, high-end equipment that are vital for research and development.
Sophisticated Analytical & Technical Help Institutes (SATHI)
- It is an initiative by the Department of Science and Technology to boost access to research and testing facilities
- To address problems of accessibility, maintenance,and expensive equipment in Institutions.
- to set up a shared, professionally managed Science and Technology (S&T) infrastructure facility which can be readily accessible to academia, start-ups, manufacturing units, industries, and R&D labs.
- Such S&T infrastructure will be known as the Sophisticated Analytical & Technical Help Institute (SATHI).
- These Centres will be equipped with major analytical instruments and advanced manufacturing facilities which are usually not available at Institutes / Organisations.
- It would encourage and ensure the establishment of a National Network of Laboratories and testing facilities tightly linked to global standards.
- Proposals from well-established, internationally competitive S&T host institutes / R&D Centres / Organizations irrespective of their status as Government / NonGovernment, from State/ Central Universities, are invited through networking and a cluster approach.
- A not-for-profit Section-8 company as well as a Governing Body (GB) formation are compulsory in consortium mode with the support of the granting agency.
- Duration: The duration of support for the SATHI Project will be for a period not exceeding 4 years.
- Sophisticated Analytical & Technical Help Institutes (SATHI)