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How are research parks doing? HRD ministry to monitor their progress

HRD minister Prakash Javadekar has said that he wants the IIT Madras research park model to be replicated across the country

education Updated: Jan 22, 2018 11:57 IST
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Human resource development minister Prakash Javadekar checking out facilities at the IIT Madras Research Park.(Sourced)

Chennai The HRD ministry will review centrally-funded research parks in the country to monitor their progress. A panel will be set up for the purpose and efforts made to replicate the IIT Madras Research Park model, which is working successfully, human resource development (HRD) minister Prakash Javadekar has said.

Inaugurating new facilities at the IIT Madras Research Park recently, the minister emphasised on the importance of socially relevant research by academic hubs “so that they can help serve the nation.” The panel will look at how much progress has been made so far, he added.

“I will review the progress of all IIT research parks once I am back in Delhi. We have decided to form a committee for this. I want that the IIT Madras research park model, which is working successfully, is replicated across the country,” he said.

There are a number of government funded research parks coming up at IIT Bombay, Gandhinagar, Kharagpur, Hyderabad, Delhi and Guwahati, among others.

“We have provided funds for several IITs to setup such research parks. Now by seeing the IIT Madras experiment many Indian companies and universities are now funding research in India rather than funding research abroad,” he added.

Citing an example of demonetisation he said that none of the premier educational institutions such as IIMs “bothered” to carry out research on “what people actually felt about demonetisation while they stood in queues for over 50 days”.

“While Google, Whatsapp, Twitter, Facebook, none of them have been innovated by India. But most of the brains associated with them are Indians. So we want people to come to India and innovate, an area where we are lacking,” he said. The Minister also announced launch of “Smart Campus” campaign which will have various components including saving, conserving and recycling water.

Javadekar further said they have launched a big campaign of smart campus that aims to ‘Save, conserve and recycle water’ besides water harvesting. He also announced that he will write to various ministries and companies asking them to compulsorily set the temperature of air conditioners at 24 degrees.

“I am environmentalist at heart. I have been environment minister too. I believe energy conservation is need of the hour and a lot of energy is wasted as people set AC temperature as low as 18 degrees. I am going to write to companies and ministries to issue guidelines to keep the AC temperature at 24 degrees,” he said.

India’s first university-driven research park is in IIT Madras. It was modelled along the lines of successful research parks at Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. It houses the research and development and innovation wings of industry majors engaged in collaborative research and technology transfer with the faculty.

First Published: Jan 22, 2018 11:57 IST