The India Science, Technology and Innovation Portal (ISTI) is a one-stop window for information about developments in India on science, technology and innovation.
The portal focuses on bringing all stakeholders and Indian STI activities on a single online platform; helping efficient utilization of resources; highlighting functioning of scientific organisations, laboratories and institutions; aggregating information on science funding, fellowship & award opportunities spanning from school to faculty level; pooling together conferences, seminars and events; and projecting science in India with its major achievements.
The portal is a veritable repository of India’s scientific research activities in every field. It also hosts information about the organizations carrying out the research, those funding them, international collaborations, the scientists involved in the research, the States in which they are being carried out, their achievements & impacts.
The portal brings to the table the storehouse of technologies developed in India, the organisations that have developed these technologies, those that have funded them and the status of the technologies. This provides information on the fingertips for industries to pick out from ready to use, scalable technologies also technological solutions that non-governmental development organizations can use for social benefits. The portal also provides information about the programmes and schemes the government of India offers to boost scientific activities, the facilities for scientific research in different laboratories, and also ways in which the government of India is boosting innovations. It projects India’s STI policies, regulations & vision through various documents developed by the numerous science-related wings of the government. S&T Roadmaps, STI policy documents, S&T indicators, S&T investments.
A major thrust of the portal is to reach out to students, researchers, scholars, scientists both from India and abroad, so that they can choose from the mine of fellowships, scholarships and funding, and startup opportunities that India puts on their plate.
It can help funding agencies & science administrators take decisions about project funding, policymakers make science policy decisions & researchers study trends & trace policy movements. The web portal also acts as a platform that brings together scientists and researchers, so that they can pool expertise and skills required for their research, technology portal, innovation portal, science ministries, science-related line ministries, policymakers, technology storehouse, translation, technology transfer & escalation. It reaches out to a wide range of audiences through public engagement garnering their support in the celebration of science.
ISTI Portal nurtures collaborations among various science ministries and science-related line ministries; in so doing, it also carries the potential to become the guiding force of initiating a process of establishing a consortium of all the ministries and departments working in the STI space. It proposes to develop a database of all sanctioned and rejected research proposals across all the scientific streams and funding agencies. This analytics, in turn, will come in handy for policymakers in taking a quick, effective and informed decision-making to formulate new schemes and programmes to achieve desired outcomes and reduce the duplicity in research funding. The Portal also holds all the components and elements of the science and technology ecosystem to become the precursory of the STI Observatory System, containing all the data generated in and by the Indian STI ecosystem.