According to Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, the current government is focused on good research which drives innovation, that is necessary for the nation to achieve prosperity on a sustainable basis. With this objective in mind to enable an eco-system of research in various educational institutions, he has launched two web portals for two research-oriented schemes, namely – SPARC (Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration) and IMPRESS (Impactful Policy Research in Social Sciences). The aim of IMPRESS scheme is to spot as well as fund certain research proposals with regards to social sciences, with maximum impact on governance and society. IMPRESS will be put into implementation (by ICSSR) till March 2021, with an approximate total cost of INR 414 crore.
The objective of SPARC is to facilitate academic as well as research collaborations between domestic and international institutions, thereby, empowering the building of research eco-system of India’s higher educational institutions. The real aim is to prevent brain drain and encourage research through provision of necessary facilities in India itself. The SPARC project total cost shall be around INR 418 crore for about 600 joint proposals, to be implemented by IIT-Kharagpur. The research work for both these newly launched schemes is expected to begin from early 2019.