"Accelerate Vigyan" (AV) strives to provide a big push to high-end scientific research and prepare scientific manpower which can venture into research careers and knowledge-based economy. Recognizing that all research has at its base as development of quality, well-trained researchers; AV will initiate and strengthen mechanisms of identifying research potential, mentoring, training and hands-on workshops, on a broad-based national scale. The aim is to expand the research base in the country, with three broad goals - consolidation / aggregation of all scientific training programs, initiating High end Orientation Workshops and creating opportunities for Research Internships.
This scheme is primarily to focus on young potential researchers with an aim to give an opportunity to them to spend quality time in the pre-identified premier institution, labs / organizations and empower them through best practices and environment, so that they acquire the requisite skills and vision for undertaking future research assignments requiring high standards. This will be achieved through two modes of learning, that is high end workshops & research internships. The aim is to reach out to those students from the universities / institutes / recognised colleges, who do not have access and exposure to such facilities and environment. Three key words: Encouragement, Aggregation and Consolidation. The SERB, through some of its existing programmes facilitates various forums for scientists and technologists by providing complete or partial grant-in-aid to scientific organizations and professional bodies to organize seminar / symposia, technical workshops, winter / summer schools etc, while the organizers of such events solicit funds from other funding bodies too. However, such efforts of all these ministries / departments and beneficiaries of such programs, often remains unnoticed for the want of a common database. Thus, another component of the AV aims towards branding and aggregation of all the scientific workshops and training programs conducted in the country under a common roof and logo of "Accelerate Vigyan".
With suitable intervention, liaison and facilitation, SERB will centrally coordinate with the other ministries/departments/organizations for achieving the three goals of AV. The AV will work on mission mode and an Inter-Ministerial Overseeing Committee (IMOC) among all the scientific ministries / departments as well as few others, constituted for the purpose will help and support SERB in implementing the scheme as a successful embodiment. The database of skilled manpower developed across different disciplines so generated and the final outcomes captured in the process will serve the cause of students, teachers, science administrators and other stakeholders, in respect of capacity building in the country to promote Science R&D.
In a nutshell, Accelerate Vigyan is expected to be a game changer for developing career paths and providing support to catalogue the skilled manpower development.
Mission ‘ABHYAAS’ is an attempt to boost Research and Development in the country by enabling and grooming potential PG / PhD level students by developing dedicated research skills in selected areas / disciplines / fields through high-end workshops and research internships. This is especially important for those researchers who have limited opportunities to access such learning capacities / facilities / infrastructure. This Mission will be achieved through two of its subcomponents / programs, namely ‘KARYASHALA’ (High End Workshops) and ‘VRITIKA’ (Research Internships).
‘KARYASHALA’ is an effort to improve research productivity of promising PG and PhD students from universities and colleges through high-end workshops on specific themes. This program aims to provide opportunities to acquire specialized research skills. These workshops will primarily be facilitated at organizations / institutions / laboratories of national importance such as IITs, IISc, IISERs, NITs, CSIR, ICAR, ICMR etc.
‘KARYASHALA’ is aimed to provide hands-on experience to the students primarily from universities, colleges, private academic institutions and newly established institutes in handling / troubleshooting of high-end scientific instruments and such skill development on themes required for research work.
The program is meant to support motivated PG and Ph.D. level students, who are having a strong willingness to get excellence in their scientific and engineering research pursuits. However, the support will not be directly provided to the beneficiaries, but through the Event Organizers applying for and coordinating these events on behalf of SERB.
[However, the first call inviting the proposal for a winter workshop in December 2020 - January 2021 is open from 1st July 2020 and will be closed on 31st August 2020]
1. Hands on Training on High-End Scientific Equipment
2. Handling Data and Information
3.Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML)
4. Statistical Tools and Modelling
5. Remote Sensing and GIS Applications
6. Responsible Conduct in Research
7. Written & Oral Effective Science Communication
8. General Laboratory Management
After completion of the workshop, the following documents need to be submitted online by the institute:
‘VRITIKA’ is the call for initiation and practice in science through research internships. This program aims to provide opportunities to promising PG students from universities and colleges to get exposure and hands-on research experience. These internships will primarily be facilitated by organizations / institutions / laboratories of national importance such as IITs, IISc, IISERs, NITs, CSIR, ICAR, ICMR etc.
To groom students (primarily from Universities, Colleges, Private Academic Institutions and newly established Institutes) in their scientific career pursuits by developing dedicated research skills in selected areas / discipline / fields of Science and Engineering through research internships. This program would facilitate the young talent to choose a career path in Science and Technology
The scheme is meant to support regular PG level students who are having a strong orientation towards scientific and engineering research and are pursuing their degree from University / Institution within India (primarily from universities, colleges, private academic institutions) in the fields of Science and Engineering and having interest in scientific research. However, the support will not be provided to the beneficiaries directly, but through the Event Organizers applying for and coordinating these events on behalf of SERB.
After completion of the internship, the following documents need to be submitted online by the supervisor / Event Organizer:
The interns would be attached to Faculty(ies) / Expert(s) / Scientist(s) of the institute for the entire period of internship. During this period, interns will be accountable to the Supervisors.
The Accelerate Vigyan end-user database should also be updated by the supervisor(s) / event organizer(s) after completion of the internship.
The details of Programme Advisors / Coordinators and Programme Officers are given below:
|Name of the Programme||Programme Advisor / Coordinator||Programme Officer|
|Abhyaas||Dr. Rajeev Mehajan
|Dr. Pankaj Kr Rawat