The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India will invest Rs 125 crores in setting up a science facility at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. DST has given it a name Sophisticated Analytical and Technical Help Institute, which is abbreviated as ‘SATHI’.
The centre will be accessible by start-ups, academia, manufacturing units, R&D labs, and industries. DST will earmark the total budget of Rs 125 years in the next three financial years starting from 2019-20. Sonepat campus (Haryana) of IIT Delhi has been designated as a place for setting up SATHI. This centre will house the advanced manufacturing tools and major analytical instruments, which are not provided at organizations and institutes.
Prof B.R. Mehta, Dean, R&D, IIT Delhi said, “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.”
Director, IIT-Delhi, V Ramgopal Rao said, “IIT Delhi has also promised DST to provide additional support and high-end facilities available in the institute along with the science facility as a part of the project.”
The prime motto of establishing this science facility is to render professionally managed services to curb down the demands start-ups, industry, and academia.
In the meanwhile, IIT Delhi has also been in news for setting up a Centre of Excellence on ‘Waste to Wealth’ in association with a Denmark-based institute. This centre lays emphasis on cleaning water bodies and maximizing the use of debris in a productive way. q