DST Selects IIT Delhi To Set Up Rs 125 Crore Science Facility

  • The facility will be set up in the Sonepat campus (Haryana) of IIT Delhi
  • It will be equipped with major analytical instrument and advanced manufacturing tools

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has selected IIT Delhi for setting up a shared science and technology infrastructure facility named Sophisticated Analytical and Technical Help Institute (SATHI).

The centre, to be set up in the Sonepat campus (Haryana) of IIT Delhi, would be accessible to academia, start-ups, manufacturing units, industries and research and development labs.

To set up SATHI, DST will provide Rs 125 Crore, mostly non-recurring grants, to IIT Delhi in next three financial years starting from 2019-2020.

The objective is to provide professionally managed services under one roof to meet the demands of industry, start-ups and academia.

The facility will be equipped with major analytical instruments and advanced manufacturing tools, which are usually not available at institutes and organizations.

IIT Delhi faculty to help solve scientific and technological problems

This centre has been provided to IIT Delhi in recognition of the performance of the institute in the area of research and development, managerial/ administrative capability, infrastructure availability, etc., said a statement from IIT Delhi.

Prof V Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi commented, “In addition to the facilities being created as part of SATHI, the institute has committed to making available its existing high-end facilities as part of this project.”

“SATHI is a game changing preposition from Govt. of India for taking experimental research in the country to the next level and IIT Delhi shall assist DST in all possible ways for the success of this programme.”

The facilities under SATHI will be available to the researchers on a round-the-clock basis with minimum downtime.

Prof B.R. Mehta, Dean, R&D, IIT Delhi added, “SATHI is much more than a sophisticated equipment centre as IIT Delhi faculty and researchers will assist the students, scientists and entrepreneurs in solving the scientific and technological problems/ difficulties being faced by them.”