Year-End- Review of DST - PIB - 29/12/22

Recently, the year-end-review of the Department of Science & Technology (DST) under the Ministry of Science & Technology was released.
-->Major Achievements of DST During 2022:
i. India’s Ranking in Global S&T Indices: India is now placed at 40th position among the top innovative economies globally as per Global Innovation Index (GII) 2022.
ii. Creating a Robust Start-up & Innovation Ecosystem: DST has been a pioneer in establishing a network of Technology Business Incubators (TBI) and Science & Technology Entrepreneur’s Parks (STEP) across the country under the National Initiative for Developing and Harnessing Innovations (NIDHI) program.
iii. New Heights in Supercomputing Capacity: New installations of high-performance computers at five institutes (IIT Kharagpur, NIT Trichy, IIT Gandhinagar, IIT Guwahati, IIT Mandi).
iv. Development in Cyberphysical Domains: The Union Cabinet approved the National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber Physical Systems (NM-ICPS) in 2018 for a period of five years, to be implemented by the DST.
v. India’s Position on International S&T Engagement: India assumes the G20 Presidency recently and will convene the G20 Leaders' Summit for the first time in the country in 2023.
vi. Geospatial Data, Infrastructure & Technology: Recently, the 2nd United Nations World Geospatial Information Congress (UNWGIC) on the theme "Geo-Enabling the Global Village: No one should be left behind" was held successfully in Hyderabad.
vii. Accessible Scientific Infrastructure for All Stakeholders: Four new Universities under ‘Promotion of University Research and Scientific Excellence (PURSE)’ and 65 Departments in various academic organizations and universities were supported under the Fund for Improvement of S&T Infrastructure (FIST).
viii. Solutions for Energy & Environment Challenges: A first-of-its-kind Distributor System Operator (DSO) report has been prepared that can help in transforming the operational and financial state of the Indian power sector and boost private sector's confidence attracting much-needed investment and innovation in the industry.
ix. Expansion to Newer Areas: The Department has been implementing two National missions on Climate Change. Four new State Climate Change Cells (SCCCs) have been established in the States of Goa, UT of Chandigarh and Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh.
x. Research Capabilities in State Universities & Colleges: A dedicated scheme, State University Research Excellence (SERB-SURE) has been launched by Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) to create a robust R&D ecosystem in state universities and colleges including the private ones.

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