MHRD Launches SPARC, IMPRESS Portals To Promote Research And Innovation

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MHRD Launches SPARC, IMPRESS Portals To Promote Research And Innovation

New Delhi:

MHRD, today, launched two web portals which will serve to promote research and innovation in the country. The two web portals will facilitate research projects in the areas of Social Sciences by academics in India, and research collaboration among Indian and Foriegn Academics. The scheme for research in Social Sciences is IMPRESS and the scheme for collaboration with foreign universities is SPARC.

The portals were launched by Union Minister for HRD, Prakash Javadekar, who briefed about both the schemes.


In his briefing for IMPRESS, Mr. Prakash Javadekar said that society can not progress without research in social science spectrum. The scheme, named Impactful Policy Research in Social Sciences (IMPRESS), is expected to fund 1500 projects. Rs. 414 crore have been allotted to the scheme, that is 20-25 lakh rupees would be allotted per project. The scheme would run for four cycles.

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Projects would be selected for funding in an impartial manner. Mr. Javadekar said that challenge mode would be applied and selection will be strictly merit-based.

सामाजिक विज्ञान में बहुत महत्वपूर्ण अनुसंधान और शोध की जरुरत हैं, इसको समझते हुए आज एक नई योजना #IMPRESS का शुभारम्भ कर रहे है . @icssr इसका संचालन करेगी[email protected][email protected][email protected][email protected]@[email protected]/axR3Cx5yVp

— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) October 25, 2018

The projects funded through IMPRESS should focus on all relevant Social Sciences area such as state and democracy, urban transformation, media culture and society, employment skills and rural transformation, governance innovation and public policy, innovation and , agriculture and rural development, social media and society, politics law and economics.

The quality benchmark for IMPRESS is that only such universities which are under 12B schemes of UGC. Each project shall conclude in 3 years and will be monitored by ICSSR.


Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC) is a scheme which will encourage research collaborations between Indian universities and some of the leading universities of the world. The SPARC scheme is furthering the already launched GYAN scheme.

Rs. 418 crores have been allotted for this scheme. Under this scheme funding would be provided under three categories – below 50 lakhs, below 75 lakhs, and below 1 crore (project funding).

शिक्षण संस्थानों में शोध को अधिक प्रोत्साहन देने के लिए आज एक नई योजना #SPARC की औपचारिक शुरुआत की हैं. हमारे उच्च शिक्षण संस्थान दुनिया के नामी संस्थानों के साथ मिलकर शोध और अनुसन्धान करे यह इस योजना की कल्पना है. @[email protected][email protected]@[email protected]/7uxAkeilap

— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) October 25, 2018

Each team that will be granted funding under this scheme shall comprise of eight members – 2 faculty members each from the Foreign University and Indian University and 2 students each from the foreign university and Indian university.

The quality benchmark for SPARC is that only such Indian institutes can apply which are in top 100 NIRF ranking or top 100 NIRF subject ranking. For foreign universities the benchmark is either top 500 of QS ranking or top 200 of QS subject ranking.

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