This scheme is aimed to create mega facilities and launch mega projects in and out of the country to improve access to such state-of-the-art facilities for the Indian scientific community, especially from the academic sector for pursuing basic research. Because of technical complexities and requirement of large resources, such projects are manifestly multi-agency, multi-institutional and, quite often, international in character. The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) have been jointly promoting most of such projects in the country. The details of some important initiatives under this scheme are appended below.
Indian Participation in Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) Experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva
Indian scientists, engineers and research students from 15 research groups are participating in the CMS experiment at CERN and the associated work in the country.
India-CMS Spokesperson: Dr. Sanjay Kumar Swain, NISER, Bhubaneswar.
Indian Participation in A Large Ion Collider Experiment (ALICE) Experiment at CERN, Geneva
Indian scientists, engineers and research students from 15 research groups are participating in the ALICE experiment at CERN and the associated work in the country.
India-ALICE Spokesperson: Dr. Bedanga Mohanty, NISER, Bhubaneswar.
Operation and Utilization of WLCG Infrastructure for CMS and ALICE Experiments being conducted at CERN, Geneva
Indian scientists, engineers and research students from 30 research groups are participating in the activities of LHC Computing Grid related to CMS and ALICE experiments being carried out at CERN and the associated work in the country.
Apex Project Coordinator, WLCG Project: Shri Phool Chand, BARC, Mumbai
Deputy Apex Project Coordinator, WLCG Project: Shri Vikas Singhal, VECC, Kolkata
India’s Associate Membership of CERN, Geneva
India became Associate Member State of CERN on 16.01.2017. At present, 10 Indian Industries are involved in the CERN-related activities. For coordinating activities related to participation of Indian Companies in the market surveys and tenders floated by CERN and seek contracts/orders from CERN, an Industrial Liaison Officer (ILO) was appointed.
ILO-CERN: Shri Suman Sarkar, BARC, Mumbai
Utilization of Twin Indian Beamlines, XRD2 (for Macromolecular Crystallography) and XPRESS (for High Pressure Physics research) at the Elettra Sinchrotrone, Trieste, Italy.
The twin Indian beamlines, XRD2 and XPRESS was established at Elettra Sinchrotrone, Trieste, Italy through extramural support by DST. These beamlines are available for Indian users for scientific experiments and research utilizing diffraction techniques.
Project Coordinator: Prof. D.D. Sarma, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru
Co-Project Coordinator: Prof. B. Gopal, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru
Co-Project Coordinator: Shri Himanshu Poswal, BARC-Mumbai
Indian Participation in the Neutrino Experiments at Fermilab, USA
Indian scientists and research students from 10 research groups are participating in the neutrino experiments at Fermilab.
India-Fermilab Project Spokesperson: Prof. Brajesh Chandra Chaudhury, University of Delhi, Delhi.
Utilization of Low-Energy Ion Beam Facility at Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra
A 200 KV ion beam facility was established at Kurukshetra University through extramural support granted by DST. This facility is available for scientific experiments by the Indian researchers and experiments are being carried out.
Project Coordinator: Prof. Sanjeev Aggarwal, Ion Beam Centre, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra
Utilization of High-Fluence Ion Beam Facility at University of Allahabad, Prayagraj
A 300 KV high fluence ion beam facility was established at University of Allahabad through extramural support granted by DST. This facility is available for scientific experiments by the Indian researchers and experiments are being carried out.
Project Coordinator: Prof. Avinash C. Pandey, University of Allahabad, Prayagraj
Indian Participation in Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR), Darmstadt, Germany
FAIR is an upcoming international accelerator facility at Darmstadt, Germany which will deliver beams for research in nuclear physics, hadron physics, high energy heavy ion collisions, atomic and plasma physics. India is one of the Founder-Member countries in this project. As part of India’s in-kind contributions, India has to supply sophisticated components which include power converters, ultra-high vacuum chambers, beam stoppers, superconducting magnets, advanced detector systems. Indian scientists and engineers from different academic institutions, R&D labs and industries are engaged in designing, developing, prototyping, production and supply of these components having very stringent technical specifications as per international standards. Bose Institute, Kolkata is the nodal institution at the Indian end for implementation of the project.
Programme Director: Dr. Subhasis Chattopadhyay, VECC, Kolkata
Associate Programme Director: Dr. Sanjay K. Ghosh, Bose Institute, Kolkata
Indian Participation in the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project at Mauna Kea, Hawaii, USA
TMT is an international project which aims at building a 30-m diameter optical telescope at Mauna Kea, Hawaii, USA at an estimated cost of $ 1.47 B (Base year 2012) involving an international consortium of scientific organizations and institutions in Canada, China, India, Japan and USA. India is a Founder-Member country for this project at about 10% level. Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), Bengaluru is the nodal institution from the country for implementation of the project. India’s in-kind contributions towards the project include Hardware (Segment Support Assemblies, Actuators, Edge Sensors, Segment Polishing and Segment Coating), Instrumentation (First Light Instruments) and Software (Observatory Software and Telescope Control Systems).
Programme Director: Prof. B. Eswar Reddy, IIA, Bengaluru
Associate Programme Director: Prof. A.N. Ramaprakash, IUCAA, Pune
Establishment of India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) in Tamil Nadu
INO is an upcoming underground research facility in Theni District of Tamil Nadu which is aimed to study the properties and interactions of neutrinos. The project is facing site-related issues.
Project Director: Prof. Gobinda Mazumdar, TIFR-Mumbai
Organisation of sensitisation meetings/training programmes of IAs by SPMUs in implementation of EAT module of PFMS.
Projects supported under Mega Science Programme from 01.04.2012 to 31.03.2017.
Projects supported under Mega Science Programme from 01.04.2017 to 31.03.2019.
Guidelines and Formats for Implementation of Research Projects
Format Endorsement and Certificate from PI
Format for RTGS
Format Cost details of permanent assets
Formats Statement of Expenditure
Formats Utilization Certiificate GFR 12 A
Format Progress Report
Format Progress Report CERN projects
Format Human Resource involved in the Project
Format Request for Extension
Format Final Statement of Expenditure
Format Project Completion Report
Conditions attached to the Grant
Instructions for Investigators & Grantee Institutions
OM regarding Use of EAT module
Instructions-1 for Deposit of Non-Tax Receipts on NTRP portal.
Instructions-2 for Deposit of Non-Tax Receipts on NTRP portal.
S&T Manpower Norms dated 10.07.2020
JRF etc Norms dated 30.01.2019
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Shri S. K. Varshney
Head, International Cooperation Division
Department of Science and Technology
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Shri Gaurav Aggarwal
Department of Science and Technology
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