The Hon’ble Finance Minister of India, in his 2014-15 Budget Speech made an important announcement in the context of the Department of Science and Technology (DST):
“157. The Department of Science & Technology has some of country's leading research centres in the areas such as nanotechnology, materials science and bio-medical device technology. The government will strengthen at least five such institutions as Technical Research Centres to make them more effective in the innovation space through Public Private Partnerships.”
Based on their formidable portfolio of research in the areas of nano- technology, materials science and bio-medical device technology, DST decided to establish the Technical Research Centres (TRCs) in the following five institutions:
SCTIMST has a tradition of technology and product-development work in bio-medical device technology. ARCI has also been involved in technology development and transfer in the area of advanced materials for quite some time. The aim behind this additional support was to enhance the level of translational work by these institutions. The remaining three institutions, JNCASR, IACS and SNBNCBS, have demonstrated strength in basic research in nano technology and materials science. They had showed some inclination towards pursuing applied research in these areas. It was, therefore, decided to extend this new support to these three institutions so that they could also foray into translational res ing their competitive edge in basic research. In short, it is expected that after receiving the support for TRC, each of these five institutions would move up in the ladder of applied and translational research building upon their existing formidable expertise in nano technology, materials science and bio-medical device technology.
SCTIMST, Thiruvananthapuram: Cardiovascular devices, neuro-prosthetic devices, hard tissue devices, in-vitro diagnostics and biological and combinational products. Setting up a Medical Device Regulatory Compliance and Certification Facility (MDCRF). Strengthening Technology Incubator for Medical Devices and Biomaterials (TIMed) to promote translation of technologies and Strengthening the Industry-Institute Partnership Cell (IIPC) to support the Indian Medical Device Industry in the areas of Training, Problem Solving and Consultancy.
ARCI, Hyderabad: Solar energy (concentrated solar-thermal power, photovoltaics), energy storage (batteries and supercapacitors), energy efficiency (motors, waste heat recovery, magnetic refrigerator, turbines and coatings), energy conversion (fuel cells) and electric/hybrid vehicle systems (involving Lithium-ion batteries with battery management systems, electric motors etc.)
JNCASR, Bengaluru: Application of Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) for non-PCR based RNA/DNA detection of HIV, Development of diagnostic probe/agents for Alzheimer’s disease (in-cellulo studies), Materials and devices for ‘Waste heat to electrical energy’ conversion, Diagnostics for Candida species detection in clinical samples, Solution processed solar cell – development, performance monitoring and prototypes, Renewable energy, Organic phosphorescent materials, and Organic porous materials for hydrogen storage and catalytic hydrogen generation and adsorptive based separations (separation of C8 isomers, and C2H2 from C2H4).
IACS, Kolkata: Quantum materials for application, Materials for energy and environment, Polymers, disordered, soft and nano-bio materials for devices, diagnostics and therapeutics and Molecules: Understanding, making and exploring commercial viability.