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Fund for Improvement of S&T Infrastructure in Higher Educational Institutions (FIST)

In recent years, great concern has been expressed about lack of infrastructure facilities for imparting good quality higher education and conducting advanced research. While the departments in universities and other higher educational institutions had made some impact on the development of teaching and research through their own efforts, a stage had reached where they needed selective strengthening of their infrastructure for post-graduate education and research in emerging areas. It had also become necessary to extend such infrastructure support to other higher technical and medical educational institutions. Considering all these factors, the new scheme "Fund for Improvement of S&T Infrastructure in Universities and Higher Educational Institutions (FIST)" was launched in 2000-2001.

Apart from support for basic equipment necessary for imparting quality teaching and modernization of laboratories provided to a large number of departments, support for creation of a few major facilities has also been provided. The major facilities include Ion Chromatography Systems, Automated DNA Sequencers, Ultracentrifuges, FACS, CD-Dicho-graph with stopped flow arrangement, I-Cycler, X-ray Diffraction set up, LC-MS-MS, Scanning Probe Microscope, Oligonucleotide Synthesizer, HPLC-cum-FPLC, Molecular Imaging System, Small-size Liquid Nitrogen Plant, High Resolution Powder X-ray Diffractometer, Single Crystal X-ray Diffractometers, 300 MHz & 400 MHz FTNMRs, Mass Spectrometer, Thermal Analyser Systems, Plasma Deposition Etching System, Universal Testing Machines (UTMs), GC-MSs, Reneshaw Raman System, Electron Microprobe Analyser, High Resolution Microscopes, Protein Sequencing Platform, AFMs, Scanning Tunnelling Microscope, Vacuum Melting Furnace and Mass Spectrometer. For accessing internet and other computational facilities including GIS by students and faculty members, support has also been provided to a large number of departments for creation of a 'Central Computer Lab' in the department.

Support is given for a period of 5 years. Support is aimed at three levels:

Level 0 -

  • Colleges with relatively active teaching.
  • Moderate funding for improving teaching quality.

Level I -

  • University/Institute departments with active teaching & research.
  • Moderate funding for improving teaching & research quality.

Level II -

  • Well Established Department.
  • Substantial Fundng for State-of-The-Art Equipment & for GLP


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Contact

For more information on FIST :

Dr. A. Mukhopadhyay
Scientist - G
Department of Science & Technology
Technology Bhawan
New Mehrauli Road
New Delhi-110 016
Tel: 011-26590445
TelFax:011-26602193
Email: tsd at nic dot in

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