SERB-POWER Scheme | UPSC

SERB-POWER Scheme | UPSC

      HEADLINES:

Dr Harsh Vardhan Launches DST initiative SERB – POWER (Promoting Opportunities for Women in Exploratory Research)

      WHY IN NEWS:

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MINISTRY? :-Ministry of Science & Technology
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      CONTEXT : 

SERB – POWER (PROMOTING OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN IN EXPLORATORY RESEARCH)

  • The Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) has been contemplating to institute a scheme to mitigate gender disparity in science and engineering research.
  • Union Minister for Science & Technology launched a Scheme titled “SERB-POWER (Promoting Opportunities for Women in Exploratory Research)”.

The scheme will enhance participation and promotion of women in the research workforce .

  • It is designed exclusively for women scientists, and was launched on an e-platform.

AIM

It is a scheme to mitigate gender disparity in science and engineering research funding in various S&T programs in Indian academic institutions and R&D laboratories

  • Integration of the gender dimension in research design has gained considerable attention in the global scenario.

IMPLEMENTATION

  • Science and engineering research board (A Statutory Body constituted by an Act of Parliament: SERB Act 2008) under  Department of Science and Technology.

SIGNIFICANCE

  • These Schemes of the Government will definitely empower women scientists.
  • It will cultivate women friendly culture in our academic and research institutions .

Such schemes ensure more women in leadership positions in decision making bodies.

  • Ministry of Science and Technology echoed the intent is to bring more numbers of women scientists in the R&D ecosystem.
  • It was felt that  SERB-POWER Fellowships and Grants will also serve as a benchmark of recognition in the national scenario.

COMPONENTS

SERB – POWER Scheme will have two components namely

(i) SERB-POWER Fellowship

(ii) SERB- POWER Research Grants.

SALIENT FEATURES OF THE SERB-POWER FELLOWSHIP

  • TARGET : Women researchers in 35-55 years of age. Up-to 25 Fellowships per year and not more than 75 at any point in time.
  • COMPONENTS OF SUPPORT : Fellowship of Rs. 15,000/- per month in addition to regular income; Research grant of Rs. 10 lakh per annum; and Overhead of Rs. 90,000/- per annum.
  • DURATION : Three years, without the possibility of extension. Once in a career.

SALIENT FEATURES OF THE SERB – POWER RESEARCH GRANTS

POWER Grants will empower women researchers by funding them under following two categories:

  • LEVEL I : (Applicants from IITs, IISERs, IISc, NITs, Central Universities, and National Labs of Central Government Institutions): The scale of funding is up to 60 lakhs for three years.
  • LEVEL II : (Applicants from State Universities / Colleges and Private Academic Institutions): The scale of funding is up to 30 lakhs for three years.

SERB-POWER Scheme | UPSC

SCHEME GUIDELINES

  • POWER Grant will be regulated through terms of reference conforming to SERB-CRG(Science and Engineering Research Board-Core Research Grant) guidelines.

While a Search-cum-Selection Committee constituted for the purpose will help in identifying the POWER Fellowship

  • The existing Programme Advisory Committee (PAC) mechanism will be used to select the POWER Research Grants.

TOTAL GRANTS

  • It is proposed to institute 25 POWER Fellowships annually.
  • A total of 50 Power Grants each will be sanctioned in Level I & Level II per annum.

SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING RESEARCH BOARD

  • The Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) is a statutory body established through an Act of Parliament, 2008.

The mandate is to supports basic research in emerging areas of Science & Engineering.

VISION

  • To position science and technology as the fulcrum for social and economic change by supporting relevant, competitive and quality scientific research and development.

MISSION

  • As the premier national research funding agency, raise the quality and footprint of Indian science and engineering to the highest global levels in an accelerated mode.

OBJECTIVES

  • Serve as a premier agency for planning, promoting and funding of internationally competitive research in emerging areas.

SERB-POWER Scheme | UPSC

  • Identify major inter-disciplinary research areas, and individuals, groups or institutions and funding them for undertaking research.

Assist in setting up infrastructure and environment for scientific pursuit.

  • Enable in order to achieve synergy between academic institutions, research and development laboratories and industry for promoting basic research in science and engineering.
  • Evolve a system of approach to expeditiously provide funding for research, including monitoring and evaluation, by adopting modern management practices.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

Post COVID-19 there will be emphasis on the significance of empowering the women researchers in S&T landscape.  

  • Women Fellowship Scheme had introduced some significant women empowering policies and supported thousands of women researchers in the past.
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     SOURCES:THE HINDU & PIB | SERB-POWER Scheme | UPSC

 

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