Minister of Human Resource Development
Government of India
I am glad to launch the web portal of the scheme SPARC (Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration) on 25th october, 2018. This new initiative aims at improving the research ecosystem of India’s higher educational institutions by facilitating academic and research collaborations between top ranked Indian Institutions and globally ranked Foreign Institutions, through Joint Research Projects involving mobility of students and faculty.
The SPARC Scheme is expected to have a major impact in providing the best international expertise to address major national problems, expose Indian academicians to the best collaborators abroad, enable international faculty to stay in India for a longer duration, provide Indian students an opportunity to work in the world class laboratories, to develop strong bilateral relationships in research, and improve the international ranking of Indian Institutions.
I am sure, IIT Kharagpur as the National Coordinating Institute and Nodal Institutions involved in this scheme will implement the scheme to significantly enhance the research collaboration with best Institutes abroad, thereby improving the research ecosystem of our country.