New Delhi: Union Minister for Coal, Mines & Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi has launched SATYABHAMA (Science and Technology Yojana for Aatmanirbhar Bharat in Mining Advancement) portal for science and technology programme scheme of the Ministry of Mines on June 15. The portal has been designed, developed and implemented by National Informatics Centre (NIC), Mines Informatics Division.
During the launch, Joshi emphasized the role of digital technologies in promoting research and development (R&D) in the mining and mineral sector in the country. He appealed to the scientists and researchers in the mining and mineral sector to undertake qualitative and innovative research and development work for #AatmaNirbharBharat.
In contrast to the present system where research proposals are submitted physically by the Scientists and Researchers, SATYABHAMA portal allows online submission of project proposals along with monitoring of the projects and utilization of funds and grants. The researchers can also submit progress reports and Final Technical Reports (FTR) of the projects in the electronic format in the portal. A user manual is also available on the portal where the stepwise procedures for submission of project proposals have been highlighted. The Portal is integrated with NGO Darpan Portal of NITI Aayog.
In a press release issued by the Ministry of Mines said that the ministry provides funds to academic institutions, universities, national institutes and R&D institutions recognised with the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research for implementing R&D projects under science and technology programme scheme of the Ministry of Mines with the vision to promote research in applied geosciences, mineral exploration, mining and allied areas, mineral processing, optimum utilization and conservation of the mineral resources of the country, for the benefit of the nation and its people. The Portal will increase efficiency and effectiveness in the implementation of the Scheme.
The major Institutes where research projects have been funded include Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru; Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur; IIT-Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad; IIT, Roorkee; IIT, Bombay; IIT Delhi; IIT, Bhubaneswar; IIT, Madras Chennai; CSIR - Institute of Minerals & Materials Technology, Bhubaneswar; CSIR- National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology; ICAR- Central Arid Zone Research Institute; CSIR- National Geophysical Research Institute; CSIR-NML; National Institute of Technology, Rourkela; Jawaharlal Nehru Aluminium Research Development and Design Centre, Nagpur, National Institute of Rock Mechanics, Bengaluru; Nonferrous Materials Technology Development Centre, Hyderabad, etc.
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