Cabinet approves setting up of Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research

      The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved a proposal of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) for setting up of an Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR) as an institution for imparting instruction and awarding degrees in frontier areas of science and technology. The Bill to set up the academy will be introduced during monsoon session of Parliament. The academy will primarily focus on research and imparting training in such areas that are not ordinarily provided by existing universities in India. The curricula, pedagogy and evaluation will be innovative and directed towards creating the highest quality personnel in cross-disciplinary areas. The academy will operate on the hub and spokes model with campuses spread across the country, in the 37 CSIR laboratories linked through National Knowledge Network already approved by the Cabinet. While utilising existing resources and facilities of CSIR, the academy will operate on a self-sustaining mode. The recurring expenses will be Rs.19.10 crore in the 11th Plan and Rs.61.79 crore in the 12th Plan. There will be no requirement for capital expenditure.

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