Vaishwik Bharatiya Vaigyanik Summit

The Initiative

Multiple emerging challenges in today’s global ecosystem are in urgent need of attention. Global challenges such as climate change, health issues and sustainable energy resources have a special connotation in the Indian perspective and require immediate considerations. ‘Ideation through Virtual Associations’, ‘Complementary Research’ and ‘Collaborative Development’ are emergent phenomena of this decade. ‘Interdisciplinary Innovations’ and ‘Extensions of Research’ for development drive rapid turnaround of solutions to common issues confronting the world. Collaboration is the new driver of Innovation!

A framework for systematic and objective driven collaboration between international academia with Indian roots and our own national luminaries will pave the way for country’s advancement in academics and scientific research. There exist numerous initiatives and policies instituted by Government of India to partner with Indian talent working overseas. It is time to evolve new ideas and bridge the varied experiences and proficiency of diverse academic cultures to push forward the cause of India.

Collaborative avenues will have a symbiotic bearing whereby Indian Diaspora will be able to connect with their roots, and Indian culture can imbibe the best practices from the global experiences in academics and research.

The Summit

Vaishwik Bharatiya Vaigyanik (VAIBHAV) Summit is a collaborative initiative by S&T and Academic Organisations of India to enable deliberations on thought process, practices and R&D culture with a problem solving approach for well defined objectives. The VAIBHAV initiative aims to bring out the comprehensive roadmap to leverage the expertise and knowledge of global Indian researcher for solving emerging challenges. By bringing the Indian Overseas and Resident academicians/scientists together a structure of association will be evolved. The aim of summit is to reflect in-depth on the collaboration and cooperation instruments with academia and scientists in India. The goal is to create an ecosystem of Knowledge and Innovation in the country through global outreach.

This is a joint effort of all S&T and Academic organisations.

“Indian Diaspora (NRI/PIO/OCI) in Research, Academic and Scientific fields are invited to register

About the Summit

Innovation culture acts as a catalyst to remain contemporary in product development by creating a vibrant ecosystem. To boost the innovation ecosystem in India, Vaibhav will add a new dimension to Atal Innovation Mission. Summit aims to give an impetus to the objectives of Atal Innovation Mission by leveraging the collaborative experience and deep expertise of International and Indian subject experts. Vaibhav summit seeks active support and ideation from Indian Diaspora for developing skills of Indian aspirants in alignment with the New Educational Policy.

In the current scenario of global growth of science, technology and academics the key factors to boost R&D are:

  • Cooperative Development
  • Complementary Expansion
  • Inter-disciplinary Extension

With these ideas, Vaibhav points towards the system of collaboration as the new innovation.

With Indian roots, global outlook and experience, accomplished scientists, researchers and academicians of Indian descent, around the world can play a vital part in the "AatmaNirbhar Bharat" initiative promulgated by the Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

'Vaibhav Summit' is planned with the Indian Diaspora working in the World's top universities & R&D organisations to strengthen the factors enabling the outcome driven research and education.

Chief Patrons and Chairmen Advisory Committee
Advisory Committee Members





Chief Patrons
and Advisory Chairmen

Dr VK Saraswat

Niti Aayog


Prof K Vijay Raghavan



Committee (AC)

Dr G Satheesh Reddy


Secretary DDR&D & Chairman DRDO

Dr Trilochan Mohapatra


Secretary & DG

Dr Shekhar C Mande


Secretary & DG

Harsh Vardhan Shringla



Prof Ashutosh Sharma



Dr. M. Rajeevan



Dr K Sivan


Secretary DOS & Chairman ISRO

Ajay Prakash Sawhney



Dr Renu Swarup, Secretary



Shri Kamlesh Nilkanth Vyas



Shri Amit Khare



Prof (Dr) Balram Bhargava



Dr PD Vaghela



Shri Rajesh Bhushan



Conceptualization Team





Indian Academics

Prof Govindan Rangarajan



Prof V Ramgopal Rao



Prof Subhasis Chaudhuri



Prof Rajendra Srivastava



Prof M Jagadesh Kumar


Vice Chancellor

Prof D P Goyal

IIM (Shillong)


Prof B N Gangadhar



Prof B S Murty



Prof Ravi Kant

AIIMS, Rishikesh


Prof. Siva Umapathy

IISER, Bhopal


Professor Jarugu Narasimha Moorthy

IISER, Trivandrum


Prof K N Ganesh

IISER, Tirupati


Prof Jayant B Udgaonkar



Prof Sourav Pal

IISER, Kolkata


Dr J Gowrishankar

IISER, Mohali


Prof KVR Chary

IISER, Behrampur


Overseas Academics

Prof Sridhar Kota

University of Michigan

Professor/ Executive Director

Dr R Narayanaswamy

Curtin University, Perth, Australia

Associate Professor

Mr. Jerry Gupta

MIT Sloan Executive Education, USA

Course Leader

Dr Arindam Basu

School of EEE, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Associate Professor

Prof Arvind Kumar

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

Associate Professor

Prof Rakesh Agrawal

Purdue University, USA

Distinguished Professor

Dr Ramesh Shankar

University of Connecticut, USA

Associate Professor

Dr Ishan Barman

John Hopkins University, USA

Associate Professor

Prof Satheesh Krishnamurthy

The Open University, UK



  • Bring Indian luminaries in academic institutes and R&D Organisations across the world, on a single platform to debate upon the collaboration mechanisms and methods to strengthen S&T base in India, with their counterparts working in India.
  • Bring together varied experiences and proficiency of diverse academic cultures together to push forward the research outcomes.
  • To strengthen “AatmaNirbhar Bharat” initiative for High End Research in Science and Technology, promulgated by the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.


  • Re-establishing the Vedic concept of Vishwavidyalaya as a global university
  • Enhance domestic institutional R&D capacities by amalgamating global knowledge and expertise of Non-Resident Indians
  • To evolve institutional mechanisms for creating a synergy between Indian academicians and foreign academicians of Indian descent
  • Identify the Niche areas of blue-sky research for economically viable concerted outcomes to leapfrog India as a global research destination


1. Quantum Technologies

Vertical Introduction

Quantum Technologies (QT) is an emerging field of research and development, which has the potential to fundamentally transform the future of the world economy. Advances made in the recent years has firmly established that there is a definitive advantage in investing in QT, since they can outperform their classical counterparts in economically important tasks such as factoring, imaging, cryptanalysis, cryptography, steganography, lithography, sensing, drug development and learning. Just like the first half of the twentieth century revolutionized our understanding of quantum physics and its ubiquitous role in the universe, the second half ushered in the era of computers and information technology. The next few decades are poised to bring about yet another scientific and industrial revolution, by harnessing the power of quantum for computing, communication, sensing, and other related applications. The time is appropriate for our nation to join this revolution, as the development of this rapidly emerging field will critically intersect our strategic interests and social welfare.

The path to excellence in quantum technology is multi-pronged and multi-disciplinary, requiring expertise in diverse areas such as Quantum Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Material Science, Electronics, and Cryogenics.

Champion Institutes

  1. TIFR
  2. IIT (B)

1. Tata Institute of Fundamental Research -TIFR

TIFR which was founded in 1945 is credited with the development of the first computer in India called the TIFRAC in the 1950s. TIFR is working to develop India's first quantum computer in collaboration with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). This quantum computer will be developed using superconducting circuit technology and will be made accessible via the cloud. TIFR is credited with the setting up of the first lab on superconducting quantum computing in India in 2013. TIFR has several experts in superconducting quantum computing, nano-fabrication, nano-electronics, photonics, trapped-ion systems, quantum materials and quantum algorithms who are well supported by excellent facilities and teams.

2. Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay - IIT (B)

IIT Bombay has several experts and national leaders in various departments spanning computer science, electrical engineering, physics and other areas central to quantum computing and technologies (QCT). In terms of facilities, IIT(B) hosts the centre of the Nanoelectronics Network for Research & Applications (NNetRA) in the IIT(B) Nanofabrication Facility (IITBNF), which has a sustained activity in nanoelectronics fabrication and characterization. IITBNF is a national resource for classical technologies in the nanoscale, but it also has affiliates who are experts in the area of QCT. IITBNF works synergistically with a QCT centre at IIT(B).


Quantum metrology is about measuring the physical parameters with ultimate accuracy, limited only by quantum mechanical laws, by defining the SI units in terms of quantum constants and thus precision and accuracy is enhanced much beyond the classical methods. The base SI units i.e., Time, Voltage/Resistance/Current, mass, pressure and temperature are defined in terms of Quantized atomic transitions, Planck constant, Boltzmann constant and electronic charge. State of art experimentation is required to realize practically the Quantum Metrology at laboratory level. CSIR-NPL has been identified as per its natural strength & mandate, as the technological vertical for Quantum Metrology for SI units viz. Q-clocks, Q-Kelvin, Q-mass, Q-electrical (Q-I, Q-R and Q-V).


  • Quantum Computing
  • Quantum Communications
  • Quantum Sensors and Metrology
  • Quantum Materials and Devices

2. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AIML)

Vertical Introduction

AIML has the potential to fundamentally transform human civilization. Its importance is being increasingly recognized by societies across the globe as a key technology with the ability to solve some of the most complex societal problems of our times such as universal access to healthcare and education, efficient transportation, increased efficiency in providing e-governance services to the public, etc. To harness the power of AI, focused national efforts are underway, including in India.

The goal of AI is to develop computational systems which have human-like abilities. Over the last few decades, there has been significant progress towards developing systems which can perform basic AI tasks such as recognizing pictures, having conversations, etc. It has now matured to a level where AI applications are beginning to impact our daily lives: products like Alexa are now functioning like secretaries. The next generation of AI tools will be able to solve more complex problems but will require significant research in diverse fields including Computer Vision and Image Processing, Natural Language Processing, Speech Processing, Virtual Reality, Robotics, Autonomous Systems, Cyber security, Software Engineering, Brain Inspired Computing, etc. Apart from myriad opportunities AIML have to offer, it also comes with short term and long term challenges. Many jobs, which are often routine and mundane, can be handled by systems which employ AI—many call center jobs are now automated through conversational AI. Also, fairness, accountability, transparency, and explainability of AIML systems is of paramount importance.

It is important that India undertakes a major initiative to move the centrestage of leading edge AIML research, development of AI technologies, and facilitating their adoption in society at large with focus on India oriented problems. It is important not only to engage in furthering the research frontiers in AI and create relevant programs for next generation engineers but also be able to reskill professionals who can contribute in an AI enabled world. We hope that the VAIBHAV initiative will enable this transformation.

Champion Institutes

  1. IISc
  2. IIT (H)

1. Indian Institute of Science – IISc, Bangalore

IISc was established in 1909 by a visionary public-private partnership between the industrialist Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata, the Maharaja of Mysore, and the Government of India. IISc has a legacy of excellence in scientific contributions, major contributions to the nation, and for seeding several major Science &Technology institutions. The AIML cluster at IISc has more than 40 faculty members and more than 60 Ph.D. students spread over multiple departments (computer science, communications, electronics, and data sciences) and interdisciplinary centres (cyber-physical systems, energy, water, brain research, climate sciences). In 2019 the first inter-departmental M.Tech(AI) program was introduced at IISc. ( )

2. Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad- IIT (H)

IIT (H), was established in 2008 by the Govt of India. It has developed a strong ecosystem for AI pedagogy and research, offering country's first B. Tech (AI), MTech and PhD in AI. The AI department faculty with an approximate strength of 25 academicians works in various areas of AI including machine learning, computer vision, speech understanding, natural language processing, social media analysis, robotics, signal processing, high- dimensional data analysis, distributed AI, compilers for AI, embedded AI; intersection of AI and other disciplines such as AI and IoT, AI and blockchains, AI and wireless networks, AI and design; as well as applications in healthcare, smart transport, security and surveillance, agriculture, disaster management, fraud analytics, e-commerce, astronomy and aerospace.. (


  • Foundation of AIML
  • AIML and Signals
  • AI and Robotics
  • AI for Social Good

3. Electronics and Semiconductor Technologies

Vertical Introduction

Semiconductors are essential technology enablers that power many of the cutting-edge digital devices we use today. The global semiconductor industry is set to continue its robust growth well into the next decade due to emerging technologies such as autonomous driving, artificial intelligence (AI), 5G and Internet of Things, coupled with consistent spending on R&D and competition among key players. The AI semiconductor scene has seen a race not just at the application level, but also at the semiconductor chip level, where different architectures are vying for a piece of the pie. The cloud is the biggest market for AI chips, as their adoption in data centers continues to increase as a means of enhancing efficiency and reducing operational cost.

Champion Institutes

  1. IISc
  2. IIT (K)
  3. IIT (D)
  5. SCL

1. Indian Institute of Science, - IISc, Bangalore

IISc has played a pioneering role in the India's efforts to become self-reliant in areas related to electronics and semiconductor technologies. IISc has over 50 experts working in various departments/centres with expertise in broad areas of semiconductor process, materials, devices, circuits and systems. Major centres/departments in IISc, having focus on electronics and semiconductor technology are Centre for Nano Science and Engineering, Department of Electronic Systems Engineering, Department of Electrical Communication Engineering, Physics, Materials Engineering, Materials Research Centre. Instrumentation and Applied Physics. ( )

2. Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur- IIT (K)

IIT Kanpur has strong theoretical and experimental teams working in the areas of soft-matter technology, organic electronics, nanoelectronics, nanophotonics, quantum devices, optomechanics, 2D material-based devices, and imaging. A team of about 50 experts from various departments are working in these areas, with many of them actively collaborating with industry and national agencies like ISRO. IIT Kanpur has several centers and facilities working in the broad areas of materials, devices, circuits and systems: Samtel Center for Display Technologies (SCDT), National Center for Flexible Electronics (NCFlexE), Center for Nanosciences, Space Technology Cell (STC), Advanced Centre for Materials Science (ACMS), Advanced Imaging Center, Center for Cyber-security, Rice–IITK Research Center for Energy Research, Center for Engineering in Medicine and EMI/EMC facility. ( )

3. Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi- IIT (D)

Established as College of Engineering in 1961, the Institute was later declared as an Institution of National Importance under the "Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Act, 1963" and was renamed as "Indian Institute of Technology Delhi". Since 2018, it has been deemed an Institute of Eminence on the basis of its established strengths in basic and applied research in engineering and sciences, technological education and the most vibrant startup culture in India. In addition to its traditional strengths, IIT Delhi has established cutting edge interdisciplinary programs in electronic and optoelectronic materials and devices, biomedical devices, integrated circuits, power electronics, flexible electronics and pharmaceuticals. ( )

4. CSIR-Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute – CEERI, Pilani

CEERI, Pilani was established in the year 1953. It has a history of research excellence, services and innovation in the field of science and technology and has made notable contributions in the field of electronics since its inception. At CSIR-CEERI, research and development is carried out in three broad areas: design & fabrication of semiconductor devices & microsystem packaging; design & development of vacuum electron devices; and intelligent systems & societal electronics. The semiconductor devices & microsystems area is broadly working on temperature & pressure sensors, accelerometers, micro-hotplates, electrodes, IR emitters & detectors, gas sensors, LEDs, acoustic sensors, RF MEMS switches and GaN HEMT devices. (

5. Semi-Conductor Laboratory (SCL)

Semi-Conductor Laboratory (SCL), an autonomous body under Department of Space, Government of India; is engaged in Research & Development in the area of Microelectronics to meet the strategic needs of the country. Formerly known as Semiconductor Complex Limited, a Government of India Enterprise, which was converted into Semi-Conductor Laboratory under Department of Space, Government of India w.e.f. September 1, 2006. SCL has integrated facilities / supporting infrastructure all under one roof and undertakes activities focused on Design, Development, Fabrication, Assembly & Packaging, Testing and Quality Assurance of CMOS and MEMS Devices for various applications.

SCL is also engaged in Fabrication of Hi-Rel Boards, Radio Sonde Systems and indigenisation of electronic sub systems.


  • Semiconductor Materials & Process Technologies
  • Semiconductor Devices: Physics & Technology
  • Electronic Circuits & System Design

4. Communication Technologies

Vertical Introduction

Communications technology (CT) refers to technology for unified communications and the integration of telecommunications (wire and wireless signals) and computers, as well as necessary enterprise infrastructure, security & protection, protocols and software, middleware, storage and audio-visual systems, that enable users to access, store, transmit, and manipulate information.

The term CT is also used to refer to the convergence of audio-visual and telephone networks with computer networks through an integrated link system. There are large economic incentives to merge the network systems. CT is an umbrella term that includes any communication device, encompassing radio, television, cell phones, computer and network hardware, satellite systems etc. as well as the various services and appliances with them such as video conferencing and distance learning and covers any product that will store, retrieve, manipulate, transmit, or receive information electronically in a digital form.

Champion Institutes

  1. IIT (M)
  2. IIT (KGP)

1. The Indian Institute of Technology, Madras - IIT (M)

IIT (M), founded in 1959 under the first Indo-German agreement in Bonn, is known both nationally and internationally for excellence in technical education, basic and applied research, innovation, entrepreneurship and industrial consultancy. A faculty of international repute, a highly motivated and brilliant student community, excellent technical and supporting staff and an effective administration have all contributed to the pre-eminent status of IIT Madras. Recently, IIT Madras has been given the title of Institute of Eminence (IoE). IIT Madras is a residential institute with nearly 550 faculty, 8000 students and 1250 administrative & support staff. IIT Madras has been the top-ranked engineering institute in India for five consecutive years (2016-2020) as well as the 'Best Educational Institution' in Overall Category in the Government of India NIRF Rankings of 2020. ( )

2. Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur - IIT (KGP)

IIT (KGP) was established in 1956 by the Government of India and was declared as an Institute of national importance. The institute was also given the status of an autonomous University. The Institute has brought in higher standards of education, research, technology development, and programs benefiting the Nation and the world at large. Over the past decades, the institute has strived to achieve excellence and has been among the best institutions in academics, research, and development in science, technology, law, medicine, management, architecture, entrepreneurship, and agriculture besides culture and heritage. Currently, there are 19 academic departments, 17 centers of excellence, and 12 schools with about 600 faculty members, 1700 employees, and 12000 students on the campus. ( )

3. Society for Applied Microwave Electronics Engineering & Research – SAMEER

SAMEER is an autonomous R&D institution under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Govt. of India. It is an offshoot of the Microwave Engineering Group of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai. Formed in 1984. SAMEER has five centres located at Mumbai (Headquarters), Chennai, Kolkata, Vishakhapatnam and Guwahati. SAMEER specializes in the areas of Medical Electronics, RADAR Instrumentation, Atmospheric Instrumentation, Signal Processing, High Power Radio Frequency Microwave Components & Systems, Communications, Antennas, Digital Signal Processing, antennas, electronics packaging, Photonics, Millimeter-wave (MMW) components and systems including 5G antennas, Electromagnetic Interference / Compatibility (EMI/EMC)/EMP and also provides test and measurement services to the electronics Industry in India.

State-of-the-art laboratories and facilities at SAMEER include Radiation shielded test and assembly facilities; Electronics Design Centre (EDC) for realizing System on Package (SOP); test, measurement, simulation, fabrication and assembly facilities for millimeter wave systems & components and Compact Antenna Test Range (CATR) for evaluation of antennas, radomes & scattering study. ( )


  1. Cellular Evolution 5G and Beyond (THz Comm)
  2. Communication Technologies for IoT/CPS
  3. High Speed Optical Communication - backbone networks
  4. Cognitive Technologies for Futuristic Communication

5. Computational Sciences

Vertical Introduction

Computational science or scientific computing refers to the use of mathematical models, simulations, and numerical analysis to solve scientific problems using computers. It encompasses diverse application areas in science and engineering such as materials science, high performance computing, quantum computing, computer vision, earth sciences (atmospheric science, computational fluid dynamics, oil exploration, geospatial science and astronomy), and natural sciences (computational chemistry, computational physics, structural biology, and probability & statistics). Given its vast scope and applications, a collaborative research and development effort in various aspects of computational science is currently the need of the hour. A common platform needs to be built where experts in different areas across the globe can interact with each other and develop solutions for betterment of science and society.

Champion Institutes

  1. IIT (KGP)
  2. IIT (H)
  3. IISER (Kolkata)
  4. CDAC

1. Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur- IIT (KGP)

IIT Kharagpur was established in 1956 by the Government of India and was declared as an Institute of national importance. The institute was also given the status of an autonomous University. The Institute has brought in higher standards of education, research, technology development, and programs benefiting the Nation and the world at large. Over the past decades, the Institute has strived to achieve excellence and be among the best in academics, research, and development in science, technology, law, medicine, management, architecture, entrepreneurship, and agriculture besides culture and heritage. There are 19 academic departments, 17 centers of excellence, and 12 schools with about 600 faculty members, 1700 employees, and 12000 students on the campus.(

2. Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad- IIT (H)

IIT Hyderabad was established in 2008 by the Govt of India. It has made a mark on the technical education ecosystem in India. It offers nine undergraduate programs, more than twenty Masters programs and PhD programs in several disciplines. The pedagogy is state of the art, with several innovations having been successfully tried out in curriculum design. Excellence in research and innovation is amply demonstrated by the publications, patents and innovations that have come out from IIT Hyderabad over the past decade. IIT Hyderabad has state of the art facilities and instrumentation in several areas of science and technology. The Institute has a special, mutually beneficial relationship with Japanese academia and industry. Faculty and students of IIT Hyderabad are involved in collaborative efforts with researchers in academia and the industry spread across the globe. (

3. Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research, Kolkata- IISER (Kolkata)

IISER-K was established in 2006, as an autonomous institute for higher education by the Ministry of Education, Government of India, to promote high quality education and research in basic sciences. Teaching and research have both been very important components in the growth of all the seven IISERs, with a strong emphasis on inter-disciplinarity. IISER-K has a flexible academic programme and hosts state-of-the-art research facilities. Currently, it has five academic departments (Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Earth Sciences, Mathematics & Statistics and Physical Sciences) and several centres of excellence: (1) Center of Excellence in Space Sciences in India (CESSI), (2) National Centre for High Pressure Studies. 'Centre for Advanced Functional Materials (CAFM)' and 'Centre for Climate and Environmental Studies (CCES)' have been created with the Institute initiative. Recently, departments of Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as Computer Science have also been created. (

4. Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC)

CDAC is a premier R&D organization under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India. It has been building multiple generations of Supercomputers starting from PARAM with 1 GF in 1988. With the passage of time, it has emerged as a forerunner in various niche areas of computing such as Exascale computing, Electronics and Microprocessor technology, Quantum computing, AI and Language computing, IOE & Secure Computing, and Next-generation applied computing. C-DAC is currently at the forefront of Information Technology (IT) in India; constantly building capacities in emerging/enabling technologies and innovating and leveraging its expertise, calibre, skill sets to develop and deploy IT products and solutions for different sectors of the economy, based on the mandate of MeitY and other stakeholders such as funding agencies, collaborators, users and the market-place.( )


  1. Computational Natural Sciences
  2. High Performance Computing and its Applications
  3. Cyber Physical Systems

6. Data Sciences

Vertical Introduction

Data Science is now a mature field poised to change every field of human endeavor. It consists of tools, techniques and methodologies to gather and analyze data for data-driven decision making. It enables a better insight into where we stand and the possible outcomes of our policies, supported by clear facts, thereby enabling us to choose the best path forward.

Data science has extensively been studied in the academia and applied in the industry. However, the strategic and societal sectors are yet to gear up to take advantage of this new science, either due to critical dependency on legacy infrastructure in case of strategic sectors or due to lack of sufficient incentives to change in case of societal sector.

Data scientists need to intervene and ensure penetration of data driven approaches into these sectors, which have far reaching benefits.

Champion Institutes

  1. IIT(G)
  2. IIT (Roorkee)
  3. CSIR-4PI
  4. IIIT(H)
  5. IIT-BHU

1. Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati - IIT (G)

IIT Guwahati was established in 1994 and at has eleven departments and five inter-disciplinary academic centres covering all the major engineering, science and humanities disciplines. It is working towards augmenting critical science research initiatives in Genomics, Developmental Biology, Health Care and Bioinformatics, Flexible Electronics, Advanced Functional Materials, Sustainable Polymers, Rural Technologies, Disaster Resilience and Risk Reduction, e-Mobility, Sustainable Development Goals and Water Resources & Management. It has launched interdisciplinary Master of Technology program in the area of Data Science in 2019. This program is offered jointly by the departments of Computer Science and Engineering, Electronics and Electrical Engineering and Mathematics, thus blending the flavors of three major disciplines into a truly interdisciplinary program of Data Science. IIT(G) is continuously working to diversify its activities in Data Science and associated areas. ( )

2. Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee- IIT (Roorkee)

IIT (Roorkee) is the oldest technical institute in India and was establishment in 1847. The Institute offers undergraduate courses in 10 disciplines of Engineering and Architecture and postgraduate programs in 55 disciplines of Engineering, Applied Science, Architecture and Planning and Management. The institute operates from its 400 Acre campus spread across three locations in Roorkee, Saharanpur and Greater Noida and is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for taking up challenging problems and technology development. IIT Roorkee has a strong group working in Data Science topics and in related areas like Artificial Intelligence, Machine learning, and Computer Vision. The Institute has centralized high-end computational facilities to support research activities in these areas. ( )

3. CSIR - Fourth Paradigm Institute (CSIR-4PI)

CSIR established Centre for Mathematical Modelling and Computer Simulation (C-MMACS) in 1988 and In 2013, C-MMACS was repositioned as the nucleus of CSIR Fourth Paradigm Institute (CSIR-4PI). The vision of CSIR-4PI is to play a pivotal role in providing modelling, simulation and data intensive capability powered by high performance computing and informatics research. CSIR-4PI has been providing centralized supercomputing facility for the whole of CSIR since the 90s. The current HPC system with a combined computing capability of 489 TF comprises of two generations of systems. One based on the older generation processor from Intel namely Sandy Bridge, with a peak computing capability of 362 TF, and the other based on Intel Skylake, a newer generation processor, with a peak computing capability of 127 TF. The High Performance LINPACK (HPL) benchmark, normally used for getting an idea about application performance, is 334 TF and 84 TF for the Sandy Bridge and Skylake based system respectively. In addition, the Institute continues to host the SGI Altix-ICE medium range HPC system along with a hierarchical storage infrastructure.CSIR-4PI currently has two data centers, one equipped with RDHx based water- cooling mechanism and the other is an air-cooled data center. ( )

4. International Institute of Information and Technology (Hyderabad)- IIIT(H)

IIIT Hyderabad is an autonomous university, founded as a not-for-profit public private partnership (N-PPP) in 1998, and is the first IIIT in India under this model. Over the years, the institute has evolved strong research programs in various areas, with an emphasis on technology and applied research for industry and society. The Data Sciences and Analytics Center (DSAC) at IIIT Hyderabad conducts research, facilitates technology transfer, and builds systems in the broad area of data engineering. Major research areas include: Database systems - Query Optimization, Transaction Processing, and Performance Modeling and Simulation, Data Analytics (including text and web mining), Data Visualization, Data Dissemination and Personalization, Electronic Contracts and Workflow Management Systems. IIIT Hyderabad hosts the Technology Innovation Hub (TIH) on the vertical 'Data Banks, Data Services & Data Analytics', established by the National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber Physical Systems (NM-ICPS), DST, GoI. ( )

5. Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University) –IIT (BHU)

IIT (BHU) has established itself as one of the leaders in the area of big data analysis, data mining, computer vision, AI and machine learning. The Computer Science & Engineering Department of IIT (BHU) is the core of most of the Data Science related academic and research activities carried out in the institute. This department offers undergraduate, postgraduate, and Ph.D. level programs in Computer Science and Engineering which include specialized courses on Data Science and AI/ML in various application areas. In addition to the Supercomputing facility of IIT (BHU), the Computer Science & Engineering Department itself houses high-end servers/workstations and world-class research facilities to execute its research activities. The present research focus of the department in Data Science include Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Computer Vision, Data Mining, Image, Video and Text Analytics, Natural Language Processing, Information Retrieval, Cyber-Security, Generative Modelling, Data Science in Health Care Management and Agriculture. ( )


  1. Data Science Project Management
  2. Vision of Data Sciences
  3. Data Privacy and Security
  4. Data Science Education
  5. Data Science Applications

7. Photonics

Vertical Introduction

The spectrum of the word 'photonics' is indeed quite broad and covers diverse areas; from generation and detection to manipulation through modulation, signal processing, switching and sensing. Until the late 1960s, research based on photonics was confined to traditional domains such as telecommunications and information processing. However, with the advent of lasers, laser diodes, optical fibres and fibre amplifiers, the concept both in terms of basic research and applications has seen a huge upsurge. Having ubiquitous applications, research based on photonics has never been static. Besides fundamental and basic research, development of photonics has always catered to societal needs and to recognise the importance of Photonics (laser).

Modern emerging fields based on quantum information and quantum optics have taken photonic sciences to the next genre. With wavelength domains spanning from deep Ultraviolet to Terahertz, photonics is perhaps one of the most interdisciplinary areas having applications related to almost all branches of Science and Technology. Be it sensing and security, bioimaging, climate change, laser surgery, integrated circuits, the footprint of photonics is omnipresent. The Summit VAIBHAV, is a platform to amalgamate and cross fertilize ideas among leading researchers both in India and abroad. The several discussions and exchange of ideas among the experts will establish strong and long-lasting scientific collaborations through synergistic approaches based on mutual exchange of knowledge.

Champion Institutes

  1. IISER (Bhopal)

1. Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research, Bhopal - IISER (Bhopal)

IISER Bhopal, was established in 2008 and has made its mark on the global academic platform carving out a niche, both in terms of education and research. Photonics research at IISER Bhopal encompasses a wide range of areas. Two-dimensional coherent spectroscopy is exploited to understand light-matter interactions in semiconductor nanostructures. Terahertz spectroscopy is employed to investigate low-energy dynamics and functionalities of complex materials. Quantum microscopy is used for quantum sensing. Fluorescence spectroscopy, both at the ensemble and single molecular resolution are applied to unravel the properties of metal nanoclusters, material sciences and addressing problems related to Chemical Biology. Ultrafast Raman spectroscopy is used to decipher the information about electronic and vibrational quantum coherences. Pump-probe microscopy and spectroscopy is employed to develop nanoscale understanding of charge-carrier dynamics in energy nanomaterials as well as to understand dynamic processes in living organisms. Recently, the Institute has established the 'Center for Photonic Sciences and Engineering' with the vision to perform cutting-edge research in the frontiers of photonic sciences and engineering encompassing areas related to interdisciplinary sciences. ( )

2. CSIR-Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO), Chandigarh

CSIR-CSIO is a premier multi-disciplinary and multi-dimensional apex industrial R&D organisation, dedicated to research, design & development of scientific and industrial instruments in India. Institute has strong R&D interests in adaptive optics and photonics and focus on state-of-the-art complete solutions for major scientific, industrial and healthcare problems by using cutting edge optical technologies of photonic crystal, fiber optic sensors (surface Plasmon, evanescent wave, fluorescence, interferometer, TDLS gas detection platform), fibre Braggs grating, sensors for accelerometer, metamaterials, seismic alert system, optical beam shaping & imaging, nano-antenna, nano optical tweezer, microscopy, and spectroscopy etc. CSIO houses state of art facilities for optical fabrication & characterization of optical elements such as aspheric lens, free-form optical surfaces, broadband anti-reflection thin film coating, highly reflective multiband pass filters, and neutral density filters etc. It is also involved in development of optical elements for interferometry & non-destructive testing instrumentations, and Head-Up-Display for civil application. ( )


  1. Nonlinear Optics, Meta-Optics and Quantum Photonics
  2. Optical Imaging and Biophotonics
  3. Photonic Materials and Devices
  4. Micro and Nanophotonics
  5. Integrated Photonics and Communication

8. Aerospace Technologies

Vertical Introduction

India has made rapid strides in the aerospace domain with success stories from space technology, payload delivery system ins, advanced aircraft, helicopter technology and a slew of other flight systems. Development of flying platforms requires assimilation of a wide range of technologies, which are changing rapidly. New blended design paradigms and unmanned vehicle systems, amongst others, provide opportunities to revolutionize the aerospace landscape yet again. The summit will focus on challenges in aerospace technologies that continue to trigger progresses in aerospace systems, propulsion technology, flight structures, computational sciences, unmanned systems, navigation and control. The summit on Aerospace Technologies is a meeting of minds of the experts in aeronautical, space and allied domains, from across the world. The goal is to paint the canvas of the future, to create the road-map of directions that could be taken by academia and industry through innovative mechanisms for collaborative research and development. The summit is a joint effort of IIT Kanpur, IISc, and CSIR-NAL with the support of several domain experts from IITs and institutions across the world.

Champion Institutes

  1. IISc
  2. IIT (K)
  3. NAL

1. Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore -IISc

Established in 1942, a couple of years after HAL, the Department of Aerospace Engineering (AE) in the 111-year old IISc is the oldest academic aerospace department in the country. Playing a vital role in the history & growth of the aerospace industry, AE-IISc continues to contribute significantly to national & international programs. A research-centric graduate school, AE-IISc houses infrastructure to enable cutting-edge fundamental & applied research. Technologies on SHM, NDE, composites, aeroelastic evaluation, & vibration control continually emerge from its structures labs. The combination of low-speed, hypersonic, & high-enthalpy shock tunnel labs is amongst the largest W/T establishments in any academic setting. Novel algorithms for fluid flow computations are developed & HiFi numerical computations using in-house LES provide detailed understanding of turbulent flows. In-house CFD code HiFUN is an example of AE-IISc’s IP being commercialized. Spray & droplet dynamics, combustion, propellants, high-speed supersonic combustion, computational aeroacoustics are studied using advanced tools. The guidance and navigation algorithms developed have been adopted in aerospace designs, including manned autonomous systems & UAVs. Three work centers in space, defense & hypersonics enable close collaboration with ISRO & DRDO. Many AE-IISc alumni are amongst the who’s who in the aerospace industry & academia. (; )

2. Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur- IIT (K)

Established in 1964, Aerospace Engineering department at IIT Kanpur is a premier teaching and research centre. The department is engaged in engineering science instruction, in-flight laboratory work, aerodynamic testing, and indigenous design and fabrication of advanced aerial systems, and instruments. The department specializes in aerodynamics, flight mechanics, propulsion, and aerospace structures. The expert faculty has designed and developed state-of-the-art high-speed and low-speed wind tunnels, measurement methods using hot wire and laser Doppler anemometry, industrial and wind energy aerodynamics, composite manufacturing and testing facility; combustion and propulsion research facility. The department has positioned itself as leader in design and development of unmanned rotary and fixed wing aircrafts. Further, the department has developed several in-house software for subsonic, transonic and hypersonic flow computations; multi-scale material and structural design computations; design of wide range of unmanned aerial systems. Over the years the department has also developed excellent collaborative relationship leading to work on several advanced projects of national importance with a large number of aeronautical establishments in the country and abroad. ( )

3. CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories- CSIR-NAL, Bengaluru

CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories, Bengaluru National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), a constituent of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), India, established in the year 1959 is the only government aerospace R&D laboratory in the country's civilian sector. CSIR-NAL is a high-technology oriented institution focusing on advanced disciplines in aerospace. CSIR-NAL has several advanced test facilities, and many of them are recognized as National Facilities. These are not only the best in the country, but are also comparable to other similar facilities in the world. CSIR-NAL has provided significant value added inputs to all the Indian national aerospace programmes. Its contributions over the last five decades have enabled it to create a niche for itself in advanced aerospace research and technology development. CSIR-NAL has also developed many critical technologies for the strategic sector and continues to support the mission-mode programmes of the country. CSIR-NAL's mandate is to develop aerospace technologies with strong science content, design and build small, medium sized civil aircraft, and support all national aerospace programmes. ( )


  1. Aerospace Systems and Design 
  2. Propulsion Technologies
  3. Flight Structure and Integrity
  4. Modeling and Simulations
  5. Unmanned Aerial Systems and Countermeasures

9. Materials and Processing Technologies

Vertical Introduction

Any technological development necessarily relies on materials. An integrated effort focused on development of new and advanced materials will have a colossal impact on the technological advancement of new generation devices. Structural materials comprising high performance alloys, ceramics, composites, conducting and magnetic materials are the pre-requisite for the industrial advancement and scientific growth. Materials recycling & purification address sustainability and circular economy while paving way for new business opportunities to a large number of enterprises. Ultra pure materials are critical for sustenance of electronic & opto-electronic industries. Advanced & functional materials and devices based on semiconductors, organic functional, organic-inorganic hybrid, thermo/piezoelectric, luminescent, quantum, and plasmonic materials are useful for variety of modern day technological applications. Development of efficient catalytic protocols for several industrial processes is essential for overall sustainable economical growth. Computational tools can augment the discovery of new materials and accelerate progress of scientific research by aiding prediction of novel material characteristics by way of theoretical algorithms, modeling, simulations and informatics. VAIBHAV Summit is a unique opportunity to stimulate interaction of experts and nucleate collaborative efforts to leverage the immense potential in terms of expertise and knowledge base in materials research.with focus on making India self-reliant.

Champion Institutes

  1. IIT (Madras)
  2. CSIR-NML (Jamshedpur)
  4. C-MET, Hyderabad

1. Indian Institute of Technology, Madras- IIT (M)

Materials research is spread across various science and engineering departments in IIT Madras. In addition to academic departments, various centers such as National Center for Catalysis Research, National-functional Materials Technology Center and Center of Excellence on Steel Technology contribute to high quality research in metallurgical, materials science and engineering. ( )

2. CSIR - National Metallurgical Laboratory (NML), Jamshedpur

CSIR-NML is one of the global leaders in metallurgy and materials research and aims at excellence in R&D for development and delivery of relevant technologies in the sector. NML has established itself in Mineral Processing, Metals Extraction, Surface Engineering, Applied & Analytical Chemistry, Materials Engineering, Materials Evaluation and Energy & Environment. Its stand-out contributions include development of materials for advanced ultra-supercritical power plants, first commercial sodium extraction in India, extraction of tungsten from secondaries, development of high-end automotive steels, establishing structural health monitoring protocols, improving process efficiencies for Manganese production, Urban ore recycling etc. It is the premier research organization in the country to cater the national needs of RE extraction, new steels development, valorisation of industrial wastes, evaluation of critical materials and components, dry beneficiation technique etc. and has developed a large number of licensed technologies. ( )

3. Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Thiruvananthapuram - (IISER TVM)

IISER TVM was created in 2008 to impart science education with emphasis on research integrated with the undergraduate curriculum. The institute offers five-year BS-MS programmes in addition to PhD programmes in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and inter-disciplinary areas. The institute is vibrant with highly competent and internationally-renowned faculty members, exceptionally motivated students and excellent supporting staff. It is endowed with state-of-the-art facilities in materials design, synthesis, characterization of advanced materials, and translation into devices. ( )

4. Centre for Materials for Electronics Technology (C-MET), Hyderabad

C-MET, established in 1990, is an Autonomous Scientific Society under Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Govt. of India, was conceived with unique concept of development of viable indigenous technologies in the area of electronic materials to support strategic sector and Indian industries. C-MET functions with the mandates to bring down the dependence on overseas technologies; to indigenously develop critical embargo materials for strategic sectors and to support the Indian industries for electronic materials/component technologies. C-MET is the only R&D institution in the country dedicated to the development and pilot plant production of strategic electronic materials. It's R&D activities have been implemented through three laboratories located at Pune (Headquarter), Hyderabad and Thrissur. Hyderabad Lab's core strength areas are Ultra-Pure Materials, Material Recycling & Purification that includes E-Waste recycling & RoHS, compound semiconductors, SiC single crystals, Refractory Metals, Alloys and Special Materials. ( )


  1. Structural Materials
  2. Materials Recycling & Purification
  3. Advanced & Functional Materials
  4. Catalytic Materials & Processes
  5. Computational Materials Science

10. Energy

Vertical Introduction

Energy is a critical sector for India's development and growth. India's energy sector is currently dependent on fossil fuels. The challenge is to increase the share of solar, wind and renewables and manage the transition while maintaining affordability and accessibility. Many cities have significant urban air quality issues. There are issues related to high oil and PV module imports, stranded assets of coal power plants and losses of the distribution companies. Innovative solutions are required that involve new-cost effective solutions, nanotechnology and designer materials, integration with storage, hybrid energy systems, use of analytics, intelligence, Internet of Things have significant potential.

The objective of the Energy vertical will be to identify synergies between NRIs and Indian experts to develop strategies for India's technology leadership in a few critical areas including sustainable transport technologies(fuel cells, hydrogen, Electric Vehicles), future electric grid(storage, microgrids and smart grids, energy efficiency and demand side management), sustainable fuels for the future, sustainable energy conversion technologies.

Champion Institutes

  1. IIT (B)
  2. IIT (M)

1. Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay- IIT(B)

IIT Bombay has a tradition of cutting edge research and education in energy with an interdisciplinary programme offering advanced (masters and doctoral) degrees in Energy Systems Engineering starting in 1981. This programme evolved into the Department of Energy Science and Engineering in 2007 and currently has 25 faculty and about 400 students (including 150 PhD students). There are an additional 30 faculty members in the different engineering, science, and HSS/Management departments who have research interests in energy. The institute has cutting edge fabrication and characterization facilities, and testing and demonstration facilities with strong industry linkages and international collaborations (Indo-US, Indo-UK, Indo-Canada, Monash, Indo–EU). These include the National Centre for Photovoltaic Research and Education, Cummins Engine Research Facility, the Forbes Marshall Efficiency Laboratory, Centre for Excellence in Nanoelectronics, DST-IIT Bombay Energy Storage Platform on Hydrogen, and Centre of Excellence in Oil, Gas, and Energy which funded by seven leading oil and gas PSUs. (,

2. Indian Institute of Technology, Madras- IIT(M)

The energy sciences research at IITM spans a variety of domains including generation technologies such as Solar PV, Solar Thermal, waste to fuels; transmission systems including microgrids and islanded operations, grid resilience, DC grids; storage technologies such as RFBs, Fuel cells and other energy efficiency-related solutions like waste heat recovery, Organic Rankine cycles etc. The activity spans the space from fundamental research on energy carriers, materials and systems leading all the way to technology translation to the industry including policy research. The institute boasts of many centres of excellence such as the Indo-German Center for Sustainability, Center for Technology and Policy, CBEEV and the National Center for Combustion Research and Development. The institute also offers a specialised degree program on energy systems involving aspects of system design and energy economics. (

3. CSIR-Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI)

CSIR-CECRI is the largest research organization in South Asia, instituted exclusively for research in various aspects of electrochemistry and electrochemical technologies. CSIR-CECRI is continuously providing end-to-end solutions to address the major problems of various Indian electrochemical industries and international clients. With main focus on electrochemical green hydrogen generation, energy conversion and storage, CSIR-CECRI also covers several thematic research areas encompassing the entire spectrum of electrochemical science and technology. With the upcoming MWh capacity Li-ion battery production facility, CSIR-CECRI is geared up to cater to the industrial and societal requirements, in line with the e-mobility programme of Indian government under Make in India and Self-reliant India initiatives. (


  1. Future Electricity Systems
  2. Sustainable Mobility Technologies
  3. Advanced Fossil and Nuclear Technologies
  4. Sustainable Future Fuels

11. Environmental Sciences

Vertical Introduction

The environment we live in comprises of atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere. Due to ever-increasing urbanization and industrialization, the quality of environmental components has been deteriorating at an exponential rate. Impact of human activity on one of these components affects the quality of others as these components are interconnected and coevolved. Pollution, waste generation, improper disposal of waste, global warming, deforestation, loss of biodiversity and climate change are the major environmental challenges faced by nations of the world. The disruption in the planet's delicate ecosystem can have devastating effects on plant and animal life, as well as on human health for the foreseeable future. Environmental conservation is a key element influencing a nation's development. Science and technology plays a pivotal role in addressing these environmental challenges and can pave way for sustainable development.

Environmental science vertical emphasizes the application of scientific innovations for the management of environmental components and finding solutions for environmental problems under the global concept of environment and sustainable development.

The major topics covered under this vertical include management of vital environmental components viz, air, water and soil, pollution monitoring and modelling, development of eco-friendly products and processes, application of physical, chemical and biological methods to treat contaminated air, water, soil, sludge and sediment, carbon sequestration, resource conservation, waste to wealth and waste to energy technologies and climate change.

Champion Institutes

  1. IIT (M)
  2. IIT (D)
  3. IIT ( T)

1. Indian Institute of Technology, Madras - IIT(M)

IIT(M) has a strong research, teaching and consultancy program in the area of environmental sciences and engineering. There is a dedicated Environmental and Water Resources Division under Civil Engineering department. IIT Madras is also home to the recently incubated International Center for Clean Water (ICCW), an initiative for sustainable clean water and the Indo-German Center for Sustainability. The research areas pursued at IIT(M) are :Water quality management /wastewater treatment and technologies for clean water, Air quality management and technologies for clean air, Atmospheric physics and chemistry and Climate modeling, Solid waste management including waste to wealth technologies, Fate and transport of contaminants in the environment – multimedia and interphase transport including emissions to air, Soil remediation and transport in porous media, Bioremediation Engineering, Emission control technologies from combustion processes, Sensors for environmental monitoring, Ecological modeling, Environmental Sustainability and Impact on Society. ( )

2. Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi - IIT(D)

Socio-economic development at the cost of environmental degradation is not sustainable, thus various departments, at IIT Delhi focus on environmental problems. IIT Delhi has set up several Centers of Excellence (CoE) to address this global challenge in an interdisciplinary pathway. The vision of CoE for Research on Clean Air is to restore blue sky, improving air quality in India and protecting human and environmental health. Renewable Power CoE for Energy and Environment aims at developing cutting-edge renewable energy solutions for a clean environment. DESMI CoE for Waste-to-Wealth was set up with a motive to adapt, modify and create new mechanical tools for cleaning water bodies, and develop smart ways to handle solid waste. ISRO space technology cell at IIT Delhi looks into developing tools and technology for space-based monitoring and solutions of environmental problems. IIT Delhi is even engaged in modelling the environmental and climate processes, impact assessment, evolving adaptation and mitigation measures of climate change, technological interventions for clean energy and environment and translating science and technology into policy. ( )

3. Indian Institute of Technology Tirupati (IITT)

IITT is a third generation IIT that started to function in August 2015 in Tirupati. The Institute is being setup on 548-acres campus in Yerpedu, Chittoor District, Andhra Pradesh, India. IITT offers 4-year Bachelor of Technology programs in Civil & Environmental Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Chemical Engineering. Master of Science (by research, and Doctor of Philosophy were started in 2017. The Master of Technology programs were introduced in 2018 and M.Sc. program in 2019. The institution currently hosts over 1000 undergraduate and postgraduate (including, doctoral) students, who are mentored by about 90 faculty members. The Institute’s strategic plan envisages a 2500-student campus by 2024, and eventually grow to a 12000-student Institute over the next two decades. The Institute has identified the following thrust areas to undertake inter-disciplinary research: Smart Infrastructure; Food Technologies & Precision Agriculture; Materials & Manufacturing; Energy; Education Technologies; and Design. These have been identified taking into consideration the national needs, local relevance and global trends. It is noteworthy that IITT has been recently selected as the Host Institute to setup a Technology Incubation Hub (TIH) in the technology vertical “Positioning and Precision Technologies (PPT)” under the National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber Physical Systems. Recently, IITT transportation engineering researchers secured a research grant from the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to develop flexible pavement design approaches that incorporate the effect of various vehicle types entailing in the establishment of mechanistic design framework. Furthermore, IITT is involved in advanced road engineering and technology research such as development of innovative and novel materials, use of marginal materials to conserve resources, lifecycle assessment of transportation infrastructure, roadway asset management system, highway traffic management system, accident prediction and analysis, and many interdisciplinary areas. ( )

4. National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI)

Established in 1958, NEERI's thrust areas for R&D comprise of Environmental Monitoring (Air, water and soil), Environmental Biotechnology, Solid & Hazardous Waste Management, Environmental Systems Design Modelling and Optimization, Environmental Impact & Risk Assessment, and Environmental Policy Analysis. Presently, CSIR-NEERI is functioning with Headquarters at Nagpur and five Zonal Laboratories located at Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai and Hyderabad. Currently the Institute's focus is on the development of cost-effective and resource recovery based technologies suitable to socio-economic conditions. Various R&D activities for environment include: environmental impact assessment and delineation of environmental management plan of water resources development projects; water conservation and environmental protection of the water bodies; eco-restoration of impounded surface water bodies and downstream system; immunological studies of surface water bodies; assessment of groundwater contamination from anthropogenic stresses; development of technique and methodology for exploration, assessment and management of groundwater in hard rock areas; delineation of contaminated region by geophysical methods, non-invasive methods in characterization of water and land environment; surveillance of drinking water quality; performance evaluation of water treatment facilities; technology development for improvement of water quality; development of analytical techniques for water quality assessment; monitoring and management of priority organic pollutants (POPs, PPCPs, CECs) and other pollutants; evaluation of water resources for health related water quality parameters; water quality management for pesticides contamination; restoration and remediation of degraded land; treatment of urban and industrial wastewater; catchment area treatment plan; techno-economic feasibility of steep slope stabilization through bio-engineering techniques; green belt development - land use planning; crop loss assessment due to various anthropogenic activities; protection of natural sources; and assessment of salinity ingress in coastal areas. ( )

5. National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI)

CSIR-NGRI was established in 1961 with the mission to carry out research to understand the processes of the Earth Science. CSIR-NGRI has the mandate to conduct research for public-good science to enable government agencies, public and private sector stakeholders to make informed decisions about use of geo-resources sustainably and improve preparedness and resilience to natural hazards. Its vision is to develop the knowledge base of Earth system processes and apply for mitigation during natural disasters, manage water, energy, and mineral resources for enhancing the quality of life. The main research activities are related to Geodynamics, which revolve round investigating and modeling fundamental aspects of the Earth system and processes; Earthquake Hazards, which encompass features on the surface and subsurface of crust which may potentially endanger lives and properties through catastrophes like earthquakes and landslides as well as deterioration in pollution levels of groundwater and soil, changes in climatic conditions and associated environmental issues; and Natural Resources comprise of implementation of techniques to identify primary geo-resources like groundwater, hydrocarbons as well as alternate energy sources and mineral. The research group at NGRI has been working on exploration of conventional and alternate energy resources such as Gas hydrates, Shale gas, Coal bed methane and Carbon sequestration. ( )

6. Structural Engineering Research Centre (SERC)

CSIR-Structural Engineering Research Centre, one of the national laboratories under Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), India, has the multi-disciplinary expertise with the state-of-the-art facilities and a vision to be a global leader in structural engineering by excelling in research in frontier and cutting edge areas, and by developing competitive technologies by embracing innovative inter- and trans- disciplinary approaches for the benefit of society and industry. CSIR-SERC has pioneered in the areas of structural analysis and design, bridge engineering, computational simulations, risk and reliability of structures, experimental investigations on structural components for various kinds of loads, design of composite- and innovative- multifunctional materials, and structural health monitoring, and has well-established laboratories with facilities for micro-macro level investigations, static/dynamic/fatigue load testing of prototype models etc. Further, striving for stronger, slender, durable and complex structures that meet stringent requirements of sustainability, serviceability, high energy absorption capacity, and durability characteristics has led CSIR-SERC scientists to work towards the development of several advanced materials such as Geopolymer concrete, Ultra high performance concrete, Textile reinforced concrete, Nano engineered high performance cement composite, Smart composites for embedded sensing, Multi-scale abridged strain hardened bendable cement composites. ( )

Theme: Environment and sustainable development

Environmental sustainability is one of the major pillars of global development. Integrating environmental sustainability in the entire spectrum of environmental management is necessary for holistic development. Scientific knowledge based transformations and innovative collaborations, inclusive and evidence-based policymaking and implementation and establishing a close connection between man and nature are the key elements that can provide solutions to environmental perils and pave way for sustainable development. The horizontals under this vertical will be deliberated under the umbrella theme of “ Environment and sustainable development”


  1. Air Quality Management
  2. Water Quality Management
  3. Soil and Waste Management
  4. Resource Conservation
  5. Climate Change

12. Advanced Manufacturing Technologies

Vertical Introduction

Various advanced manufacturing technologies are needed to achieve the designed complex functionalities required in wide domains such as precision optics, automotive, aerospace, defence and space technologies. These applications involve a range of engineering materials such as polymers, composites, ceramics and metallic alloys. Achieving these complex functionalities depend on realizing complex shapes, high precision in multi-scale dimensions (nano, micro, meso and macro scales), and tailoring material properties (bulk and surface). Such capabilities must be achievable in a repeatable and economical manner in manufacturing, cottage industries leading to social innovations. While some of the technologies are at a mature level and widely deployed, several others are still in the laboratory stages while a few niche technologies have limited access for our country. These niche technologies have to be conceived and developed in the laboratories, tested, and once proven, transferred effectively to MSMEs, industries and entrepreneurs for deployment. Commercial deployment and societal benefits from these advances can sustain only when a large set of human resources are effectively trained in these technologies. This vertical will debate and deliberate on various manufacturing technology challenges, such as smart manufacturing, additive manufacturing, precision / Micro-Nano manufacturing, composites manufacturing, and robotics / automation.

Champion Institutes

  1. IIT (M)
  2. CMTI
  3. IIT (B)
  4. ARCI

1. Indian Institute of Technology, Madras- IIT (M)

The manufacturing R&D at IIT Madras are spread over several engineering departments, while housed largely in the manufacturing engineering section of the department of mechanical engineering. Manufacturing related activities are also vibrant in the metallurgical and materials engineering department and engineering design department. Besides departments, industry collaborative efforts are strong in research centers also. With a strong tradition in machining and metrology, the manufacturing faculties focus on new process developments, novel cutting tools, materials processing, digital manufacturing, and, also have their strong focus on precision machine building to support various innovative processes. Research efforts in processes span additive manufacturing, machining, and its innovative uses, grinding, polishing, forming, laser processing, welding & brazing, coating processes, and hybrid processes. Our faculty also make processes and machines smarter and connectable to Industry 4.0 technologies with digital twins to track progress. On the machine tool front, the highlight is the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Development Centre (AMTDC), a Centre of Excellence in Machine Tools and Production Technology, supported by the Department of Heavy Industry (DHI), Government of India in collaboration with Indian Machine Tools Manufacturers. It is housed in the IIT Madras Research Park. ( )

2. Central Manufacturing Technology Institute (CMTI), Bengaluru

CMTI is an Autonomous R&D Institute established under the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Department of Heavy Industry, Government of India. CMTI has evolved as a Centre of Excellence for Machine Tool and Manufacturing Process Development; developed special purpose machines for various needs and significantly assisted MSMEs by providing high value added services. The in-house capabilities cover the entire product development cycle viz., ideation, design, manufacturing, testing of pilot plants, and system integration in related areas. CMTI undertakes research, develop process technologies and machines, train manpower and deploy the solutions to applications. The domains include Ultra-precision machine tools, Special purpose machines and equipment, Sensors and machine controls, Textile machineries, Smart manufacturing and Industry-4.0 enabled technologies, Additive and other special manufacturing processes, Precision Metrology, Aircrafts LRUs including test rings development & qualifications, Skilling and Re-skilling (experienced learning) systems. ( )

3. Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay- IIT (B)

IIT Bombay has a strong focus on multi-disciplinary manufacturing education and research. The processes research is aimed at fostering innovation in traditional and non-traditional manufacturing processes, micro/nano fabrication, additive and net shape manufacturing. The computer integrated manufacturing techniques focus on the automation and integration of product cycle activities. Manufacturing systems employ IE &OR techniques to plan, model and optimize systems, addressing the issues of supply chain, logistics and resource utilization. IIT Bombay successfully integrates multi-disciplinary concepts from Computational Science, Material Science, Mechanics, Thermal Science, Artificial Intelligence, Optimization and Data Science for product/process development. IIT Bombay hosts some of the leading manufacturing related research centers in India, such as National Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research (NCAIR), Center for Excellence in Nanoelectronics (CEN) and National Center for Photovoltaics Research and Education (NCPRE). ( )

4. International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI), Hyderabad

ARCI is a premier R&D institution of the Department of Science and Technology (DST). Various advanced manufacturing technologies were established/developed and being utilized for the design and development of industrial products like Powder metallurgy, Surface engineering, Ceramics, Nanomaterials and coatings, Laser processing of materials, Fuels cells, Solar energy materials, Automotive energy materials and Additive manufacturing. Under materials and manufacturing, 25 technologies were transferred to 40 industrial partners, 200 technological solutions were delivered, 150 patents were filed/granted, and 10,000 scientific & technological personnel trained. The advanced manufacturing accomplishments of ARCI include the development of heat pipes, porous SS filters, lead-free bimetallic bearings, clutch pads, oxide dispersion strengthened steels, wear-thermal-corrosion-fatigue resistant coatings, self-healing corrosion resistant coatings, 3D printed oxide and non-oxide ceramic parts in different shapes, sizes and complex geometries, honeycomb structures, antibacterial and self-cleaning textiles, anode and cathode materials for Li-ion and sodium-ion batteries, supercapacitors, Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells, perovskite solar cells, soft and hard magnets for alternators and motors, thermoelectric heat recovery devices, laser based manufacturing activities such as welding, brazing, surface cladding, surface hardening, repair by deposition, micromachining and additive manufacturing. ( )


  1. Smart Manufacturing, IoT, Digital Manufacturing
  2. Additive Manufacturing
  3. Precision/ Micro-nano Manufacturing/ Surface Engineering
  4. Industrial Machines, Robotics/Automation
  5. Speciality Products Manufacturing

13. Earth Sciences

Vertical Introduction

Earth science or geoscience includes all fields of natural science related to the planet Earth. This is a branch of science dealing with the physical and chemical constitution of the Earth and its atmosphere. Earth science can be considered to be a branch of planetary science, but with a much older history. Earth science encompasses four main branches of study, the lithosphere, the hydrosphere, the atmosphere, and the biosphere, each of which is further broken down into more specialized fields.

There are both reductionist and holistic approaches to Earth sciences. It is also the study of Earth and its neighbours in space. Some Earth scientists use their knowledge of the planet to locate and develop energy and mineral resources. Others study the impact of human activity on Earth's environment, and design methods to protect the planet. Some use their knowledge about earth processes such as volcanoes, earthquakes, and hurricanes to plan communities that will not expose people to these dangerous events.

Typically, Earth scientists use tools from geology, chronology, physics, chemistry, geography, biology, and mathematics to build a quantitative understanding of how the Earth works and evolves. Earth science affects our everyday lives. For example, meteorologists study the weather and watch for dangerous storms. Hydrologists study water and warn of floods. Seismologists study earthquakes and try to understand where they will strike. Geologists study rocks and help to locate useful minerals.

Champion Institutes

  1. Ministry of Earth Sciences (IITM, NIOT, INCOIS & NCPOR)
  2. CSIR NGRI, Hyderabad
  3. CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography
  4. IIT Bombay
  5. IIT Kanpur

1. Ministry of Earth Sciences (IITM, NIOT, INCOIS & NCPOR)

The Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) is mandated to provide the nation with the best possible services in forecasting the monsoons and other weather/climate parameters, ocean state, earthquakes, tsunamis and other phenomena related to earth systems, for the Public Safety and socio-economic benefits. The Ministry also deals with science and technology for exploration and exploitation of ocean resources (living and non-living), and play nodal role for Antarctic/Arctic/Himalayas and Southern Ocean research.

MoES deals with four branches of Earth Sciences, viz. (i) Ocean Science and Technology, (ii) Atmospheric and Climate Science, (iii) Geoscience and (iv) Polar Science and Cryosphere. MoES has been addressing holistically various aspects relating to Earth processes for understanding the variability of Earth system and for improving forecast of the weather, climate and hazards. MoES which was formed in 2006 by bringing all the agencies of meteorological and ocean development activities under one umbrella, recognizing the importance of strong coupling among various components of the Earth, viz. atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere and geosphere.

MoES primarily aimed to develop and improve capability to forecast, weather, climate and hazard related phenomena for societal, economic and environmental benefits including addressing the aspects relating to polar and climate change science and services. MoES is also responsible for development of technology towards the exploration and exploitation of marine resources in a sustainable way.

Following are missions through which the Ministry is providing services to the nation:

  • Weather, Climate and Hydromet Services
    1. - Weather forecasts, advisories, warnings, Monsoon and Climate prediction,
  • Ocean Services
    1. - Fishery advisories, ocean state forecasts, Tsunami warnings
  • Ocean Resources, Survey and Technology Development
    1. - Non-living resources- Water, Energy and Minerals
    2. - Living resources, mapping, ocean biodiversity
    3. - Survey and Exploration of EEZ, Continental Shelf
  • Seismological Services
    1. - Earthquake Detection and information, Geoscience research
  • Polar Science
    1. - Scientific exploration of the three poles and linkages to Climate.

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2. National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI)

CSIR-NGRI was established in 1961 with the mission to carry out research to understand the processes of the Earth Science. CSIR-NGRI has the mandate to conduct research for public-good science to enable government agencies, public and private sector stakeholders to make informed decisions about use of geo-resources sustainably and improve preparedness and resilience to natural hazards. Its vision is to develop the knowledge base of Earth system processes and apply for mitigation during natural disasters, manage water, energy, and mineral resources for enhancing the quality of life. The main research activities are related to: Geodynamics, which revolve round investigating and modeling fundamental aspects of the Earth system and processes; Earthquake Hazards, which encompass features on the surface and subsurface of crust which may potentially endanger lives and properties through catastrophes like earthquakes and landslides as well as deterioration in pollution levels of groundwater and soil, changes in climatic conditions and associated environmental issues; and Natural Resources comprise of implementation of techniques to identify primary geo-resources like groundwater, hydrocarbons as well as alternate energy sources and mineral. The research group at NGRI has been working on exploration of conventional and alternate energy resources such as Gas hydrates, Shale gas, Coal bed methane and Carbon sequestration. ( )

CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography (NIO)

CSIR-NIO was established on 1 January 1966. Its major research areas include the four traditional branches of oceanography - biological, chemical, geological/geophysical, and physical – as well as ocean engineering, marine instrumentation and marine archaeology. In addition to basic research, the institute also carries out applied research sponsored by the industry. These studies include oceanographic data collection, environmental impact assessment, and modelling to predict environmental impact. The institute also provides consultancy on a number of issues including marine environmental protection and coastal zone regulations.(

IIT Bombay

Established in 1958, the second of its kind, IIT Bombay was the first to be set up with foreign assistance. The funds from UNESCO came as Roubles from the then Soviet Union. In 1961 Parliament decreed the IITs as ‘Institutes of National Importance'. Since then, IITB has grown from strength to strength to emerge as one of the top technical universities in the world. The institute is recognised worldwide as a leader in the field of engineering education and research. Research and academic programmes at IIT Bombay are driven by an outstanding faculty, many of whom are reputed for their research contributions internationally. The interdisciplinary programme (IDP) in Climate Studies was initiated at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, in January, 2012, at the doctoral level. The mandate of the IDP in Climate Studies is to undertake interdisciplinary research and education to develop a scientific understanding of regional climate change and connect it to impacts (environment, resources, socio-economic) and effective response (technology and adaptation). (

IIT Kanpur

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, established in 1959, envision “to create, disseminate and translate knowledge in science, engineering and allied disciplines that will best serve the society.” With this as a backdrop, Earth Sciences Department was created in 2014 to develop research programs and technology in areas of water, climate change, energy, natural hazards and at their interfaces to fulfill its mission objectives “to pursue excellence in education, research and innovation by developing sustainable research solutions for the benefit of the nation”. (


  1. Atmospheric science and Technology
  2. Ocean Science and Technology
  3. Polar Science
  4. Geo Science

14. Health, Medical Sciences and Biomedical Devices

Vertical Introduction

The Indian healthcare system has evolved significantly in the last decade. Health makes an important contribution to a country's economic progress, as healthy populations live longer and are more productive, thereby helping in nation-building. A number of challenges, however, still need to be addressed in providing access to quality, affordable healthcare in India. A key area of concern for the country is the proportion of non-communicable diseases, which is expected to rise in the next decade. However, identification of novel biological targets, use of advanced diagnostic modalities, and making available effective and affordable medical devices may help in early delineation of disease pathophysiology and its mitigation. Medical devices play a role not only in screening, diagnosing and treating patients but also in restoring patients to normal lives and in regularly monitoring health indicators to prevent diseases. However, India is still largely dependent on import of these medical devices for addressing the huge domestic demand. The Government of India's 'Make in India' initiative presents a platform for the sector to grow indigenously. There is a need to strengthen public healthcare system to ensure access, delivery, quality and affordability of healthcare products to the common citizen.

Champion Institutes

  1. AIIMS (Delhi)
  2. AIIMS (Rishikesh)
  3. NIMHANS (Bengaluru)
  4. PGIMER (Chandigarh)
  6. NIBMG

1. All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi

AIIMS, New Delhi has been established as the Institute of National Importance since 1956 by the special Act of Parliament (The AIIMS Act 1956). The mandate of the institute is to achieve excellence in Medical Education, Patient Care and Research. AIIMS New Delhi has been ranked number one institute by National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF) by Ministry of Human Resources and Development for last three years. Annually, the Institute provides care to more than 4 million patients with more than 2 lakh surgeries performed. Patients from all strata are provided high quality patient care services at very nominal cost and free services are provided to poor patients. Faculty members and students have published large number of articles in national and International journals. More than 800 collaborative research projects are currently being run at AIIMS. Collaboration in research at the institute involves national and international organizations/ institutions/ Universities of America and European countries. ( )

2. All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Rishikesh

AIIMS Rishikesh is an apex healthcare institute established by Government of India under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojna (PMSSY) in 2012 with the aim of correcting regional imbalances in quality tertiary level healthcare in India and attaining self-sufficiency. It is a Centre of Excellence in medical education, training, health care and research. Various areas of research include Sleep Medicine, Mental Health, Neurobiology and effects of Industrial pollutants, High Altitude Medicine. It has also established a system for Remote and Rural Healthcare through Tele-Health and air ambulance services. It is also one of the leading Cancer Care Centres in India with High Energy Linear accelerator, nuclear medicine, surgery and chemotherapy services with focus on research in preventive oncology, low cost cancer care, precision oncology, Artificial Intelligence based point of care diagnostics and nanotechnology. It is currently working on multiple projects to develop indigenous advanced medical technology. The institute has filed multiple patents in the areas of implants, smart devices and life support systems. It has collaborated with various national and international institutions and industry. It is also in the process of establishing a Centre for Biomedical Innovation. AIIMS Rishikesh is one of the leading institutes in India in Advanced Surgical technologies with robotic surgery, surgical skills laboratory, 3D motion analysis and VR lab, robotic gait lab, etc. ( )

3. National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru

NIMHANS, Bengaluru is a unique institution that combines mental health and neurosciences under one roof and has emerged as a leader in research in both behavioural sciences and neurosciences. The institute has made signal contributions in a multitude of areas: from addiction to Alzheimer's; from mental hospital history to the historical contributions of its forbears; from imaging to intensive care; from brain injury to interventional neuroradiology; from disaster relief to deep brain stimulation; from stroke research to signalling in the brain; from rabies to retroviral infections; from youth mental health to yoga research; from molecular genetics to mindfulness research; from restoration to rehabilitation the contributions are vast and varied. NIMHANS has traversed a long journey from the lunatic asylum in the nineteenth century to the Mysore Government Mental Hospital in 1934, the All India Institute of Mental Health in 1954 and NIMHANS in 1974 to acquiring the status of a Deemed University in 1994 and is bestowed the status of Institute of National Importance through a separate act of Parliament in 2013. (

4. Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh

PGIMER, Chandigarh was established in 1962 and became an autonomous body under the Act of Parliament in 1967. The departments at PGIMER include the Advanced Paediatrics Centre, Advanced Eye Centre, Drug De-addiction Centre, Advanced Cardiac Centre, and Advanced Trauma Centre. The institution enrols several students each year for training in MD/MS, DM/MCh, PhD, Nursing courses, radiology courses and several paramedical and allied courses. PGIMER Chandigarh is a leader in the country, initiating new courses at the DM, MCh, M.Sc, levels. The institution hosts several prestigious centres such as WHO Collaborating Centres, ICMR Advanced Centres, DST-FIST centre, DST Biomedical Instruments and Devices Hub, ICMR Centre for Innovation and Biodesign, etc. PGIMER Chandigarh is renowned globally for excellence in clinical and basic sciences research. Prestigious international research collaborations include projects with World Health Organization, world-famous Universities, Wellcome Trust, Cochrane Collaboration etc. ( )

5. CSIR- Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB)

The Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, a premier laboratory of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, has been engaged in research into diverse aspects of genomics and precision health for over two decades now. Spread over two campuses in Delhi, IGIB houses state of art research facilities, internationally recognized faculty, and over two hundred PhD students. The Institute's mission is to provide commercially viable technologies in the sphere of healthcare drawing from concepts in basic biological research. From transcriptomics, to epigenetics, metagenomics, and single cell genomics, IGIB has focused its energy on keeping abreast with genomic and other omic technologies as they become available, and rapidly adopt them to ask questions relevant to the Indian healthcare sector. From sequencing the first complete Indian genome, cataloguing the first thousand whole genomes across diverse Indian communities, creating path breaking programs in genetic diseases, to bringing data-science to bear upon multi-omic datasets, IGIB has continually spearheaded efforts to bring precision health to the diverse people of India. ( )

6. National Institute of Biomedical Genomics

The National Institute of Biomedical Genomics has been established in recognition of the facts that 1. The epidemiological profile of diseases in India is showing significant changes starting from about two decades ago, with decreasing prevalence of infectious diseases and increasing prevalence of chronic diseases,2. There is increasing evidence of involvement of genetic factors in the determination of health and disease of individuals, including susceptibility to infectious diseases,3. These genetic factors interact with life-style and other environmental factors, and 4. There is no institution in India explicitly devoted to research, translation & service (including genetic testing and genomic diagnostics) and capacity-building in biomedical genomics.

A systematic and clear understanding of geographical and ethnic variation in causal factors of disease of high prevalence in India and an in-depth estimation of the interaction between genetics and environmental factors are of paramount importance. There is large gap in India in mounting efforts to understand and estimate these parameters of major relevance to public health. Genetically and culturally homogeneous population isolates are widely acknowledged to hold the key to understanding and dissecting common chronic diseases, that is a prerequisite to the prevention and control of such diseases. India with a relatively large number of genetically unadmixed population groups is a favourable ground for the conduct of genetic epidemiological studies. In addition, family size in India continues to be large and geographical mobility of individuals is still relatively low; both these factors are very useful for providing an in-depth understanding of genetics and epidemiology of common diseases- common not only in India but also in many other global regions. Thus, the National Institute of Biomedical Genomics in India will not only cater to medicine and public health in India, but globally as well.


  1. Precision Health
  2. Holistic Health
  3. Remote and Rural Health - Reaching the unreached
  4. Technologies for Biomedical Devices in Healthcare

15. Pharmaceuticals and Bio Technology

Vertical Introduction

The Pharma & Biotech sector in India has emerged as an important growth area. As the understanding of biological systems has forged ahead, pharmaceutical companies have made increasing use of biotechnology in discovering and manufacturing new medicines. India is the largest provider of generic drugs globally with the Indian generics accounting for 20 percent of global exports in terms of volume. The Indian biotech market is dominated by bio pharmaceuticals with vaccines leading the way, comprising 47 percent of sales. Biologics and large-molecule drugs tend to be more expensive than small-molecule drugs, and India hopes to sweep the market in bio-generics and contract manufacturing as drugs go off- patent and Indian companies upgrade their manufacturing capabilities. India enjoys an important position in the global pharmaceuticals & Biotech sectors. The country also has a large pool of scientists and engineers who have the potential to steer the industry ahead to an even higher level.

Champion Institutes

  1. IIT (D)
  2. BHU
  3. NIPER (Hyderabad)
  6. NII

1. Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi- IIT (D)

IIT Delhi is one of the 23 IITs created to be Centres of Excellence for training, research and development in science, engineering, and technology in India. Established as College of Engineering in 1961, the Institute was later declared as an Institution of National Importance under the "Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Act, 1963" and was renamed as "Indian Institute of Technology Delhi". It was then accorded the status of a Deemed University with powers to decide its own academic policy, to conduct its own examinations, and to award its own degrees. IIT Delhi was one of the first IITs to be recognized as the Institute of Eminence.

,p>IIT Delhi has one of the largest number of faculty (over 100) working in the field of pharmaceuticals and biopharmaceuticals spread out in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Department of Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Centre for Biomedical Sciences, Kusuma School of Biological Sciences, Department of Chemistry and many other academic units. In 2015, IIT Delhi was awarded the COE for Biopharmaceutical Technology by DBT, an only such COE in the country. The area of AI/ML applications in healthcare is a recently emerging area of research at IIT Delhi.( )

2. Banaras Hindu University – BHU

BHU was established in 1916 by an act of parliament. UGC and DST have recognized several of its departments as Centres of Special Assistance, Centres of Advanced Study and FIST support. It is one of the largest academic institutions in the country with its strength of 32000 undergraduate, post-graduate and Ph.D. students and 2500 faculty members in 138 departments dealing with about 400 diverse disciplines pertaining to all branches. DBT supports M.Sc. Biotechnology and M.Sc. Molecular & Human Genetics programs at BHU. It has also provided generous support to establish an Interdisciplinary School of Life Sciences, which together with the departments of Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Botany, Molecular & Human Genetics, Chemistry, Physics, Centre for Genetic Disorders and different departments of the Institutes of Medical Sciences and Agricultural Sciences promotes interdisciplinary research in field of Biotechnology and Life Sciences. The Institute of Agricultural Sciences works for the empowerment of the farmers through improved agro-technologies and their extension and the Institute of Medical Sciences caters to the need of healthcare in UP, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal and Odisha. ( )

3. National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research - NIPER (Hyderabad)

NIPER Hyderabad is an institute of national importance functioning under the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Govt. of India. NIPER is working in the areas of new Drug Discovery & Product Development in cancer, inflammation, diabetes, neurodegenerative and infectious diseases. NIPER Hyderabad offers M.S (Pharm) in Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Analysis, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Pharmaceutics, Regulatory Toxicology, Pharmaceutical Technology in Process Chemistry and M.B.A (Pharm) and also PhD programmes in the above disciplines. The Institute is planning to add few more masters' courses & PhD programs in areas such as Natural Products, Pharmacoinformatics, Regulatory affairs and IPR. The institute has State-of-the-art Laboratory facilities for Drug Discovery, Drug Development, Medicinal & Process Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, Pharmaceutical Analysis, Pharmacology & Regulatory Toxicology. ( )

4. Birla Institute of Technology and Science – BITS (Pilani)

BITS is a Deemed to be University having four campuses in Pilani, Goa and Hyderabad in India and in Dubai, UAE. It was selected as an Institute of Eminence in 2018. The research focus of the Biological Sciences Department is to accelerate innovation across a spectrum of research areas that spans aspects related to improving agricultural output, degrading environmental pollutants, managing bio waste, preventing and studying infectious diseases and design and delivery of new biosensors for improving human health with respect to ovarian and cervical cancers, cardiovascular and neurological disorders. Recent initiatives on important national issues include snake-venomics, oral cancer detection from saliva, Covid-19 detection, immune responses, and possible interventions using peptides and small molecule. The Pharmacy Department, is characterized by the research areas: Pharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics, Pharmaceutical chemistry and Phytochemistry, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical Analysis and Quality Assurance, and Clinical research and Clinical Pharmacy. Research focus has been on drug discovery which includes anti-infectives, cancer, neurological disorders and novel drug delivery system which includes nanomedicine, targeted delivery, ocular delivery etc. and supported by funding mainly from Pharmaceutical Industries and GoI. ( )

5. CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (CSIR-IICT)

CSIR-IICT is one of the oldest National Laboratories under the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR). CSIR-IICT is a honey-comb for research activities and academic achievements, it is an amalgamation of both core chemistry and applied biology, pharmacology and toxicology. CSIR IICT is pioneer in drug-discovery apart from recently marketed compound to Sunpharma, another 5 compounds are in the pipeline for IND submission. Major areas (design, synthesis and validation of compounds against various disorders) include fibrosis, acute respiratory distress syndrome, Atherosclerotic, diabetic, ulcerative colitis, Neuro-protective, cancer and inflammation disorders. CSIR-IICT has experienced faculty, around 600 PhD students and excellent research facilities including, analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, Natural Product Chemistry, formulation development, State of the art animal facility, drug testing laboratory and kilo lab facility. In the area of drug discovery, CSIR-IICT is currently focusing on inflammation and fibrosis, CNS disorders and cancer. ( )

6. National Institute of Immunology

The National Institute of Immunology (NII) is committed to advanced research with a view to understand body's defense mechanisms for developing modalities of immune system manipulation that can intervene with disease processes. The institute’s research thrust areas under immunology and related disciplines cluster in four main themes, namely, infection and immunity, molecular design, gene regulation and reproduction and development, where cutting edge research in modern biology is being carried out employing multiple overlapping disciplines of biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology and structural biology.

The areas of interest under the above themes include the basic biology of T and B lymphocytes, elucidation of mechanisms used by the immune system in responding to infectious pathogens and characterization of the strategies used by a variety of pathogens to establish infection and disease. Another area of research involves analysis of the processes that control reproduction and development to understand genetic as well as epigenetic influences on development and function of the body and its defense mechanisms.


  1. Biotherapeutics and Biosimilars
  2. Industrial Biotechnology
  3. Infectious Diseases/ Disease biology
  4. Drug Discovery, Repurposing and Drug delivery

16. Agro Economy and food Security

Vertical Introduction

India is an agrarian country with over 70% people depending on agriculture activities, which play a very vital role in the Indian economy and employment generation. This sector include crops, vegetables, fruits, etc. and livestock, poultry, fisheries and aquaculture farming for ensuring food security, livelihoods, and socio-economic development of urban and village people. In spite of India having huge crops, indigenous livestock and aquatic resources which are capable to feed growing Indian population and other countries populace, this sector has not grown much. It addresses various issues like food and nutritional security, employment, livelihood support and socio-economic status of farming communities. However, due to poor management, government policy, spoilage, climate change, intervention of modern technologies, it has become unviable for farmers to grow food. This may pose food security threat in coming days. Therefore, there is a need to address this knowledge and technology gap through intervention of modern technology and improving indigenous technologies and germplasm of plant, animal,

Champion Institutes

  1. IARI Delhi
  2. IVRI, Izatnagar
  3. IIT (KGP)
  4. CSIR-CFTRI,Mysore
  5. CRIDA, Hyderabad
  6. CMFRI, Kochi
  7. CIAE, Bhopal
  8. IIHR, Bengaluru
  9. NABI, Mohali
  10. NIAB, Hyderabad
  11. CIFA, Bhubaneswar

1. Indian Agricultural Research Institute – IARI, Delhi

IARI, New Delhi popularly known as Pusa Institute, is working on basic, strategic and anticipatory research in field and horticultural crops for enhanced productivity and quality, to develop resource use efficient integrated crop management technologies for sustainable agricultural production system, and serves as centre for academic excellence in the areas of post-graduate and human resources development in agricultural science. This institute also provides national leadership in agricultural research, education, extension and technology assessment and transfer by developing new concepts and approaches and serves as a national referral point for quality and standards.

2. Indian Veterinary Research Institute – IVRI, Izatnagar

An institute working on animal resources, IVRI, Izatnagar, Bareilly is involved in specialized and inter-disciplinary research activities and human resource development for developing cutting-edge veterinary and animal sciences technologies that are effectively transferable for improving livestock and wild-life animals health, disease resistance germplasm, dairy and meat products availability, vaccine, veterinary drugs, and diagnostics development, disease resistance animal selection, etc. in the country.

3. Indian Institute of Technology , Kharagpur - IIT (KGP)

IIT Kharagpur is a premier institute imparting research and education in the areas of engineering and bioscience, including Agricultural sciences. Agricultural & Food Engineering department at IIT-Kharagpur has various discipline e.g. Farm Machinery and Power, Land and Water Resources Engineering, Agricultural Biotechnology, Food Process Engineering, Agricultural Systems Management and Aquacultural Engineering, respectively. The department has filed several patent applications and transferred many technologies to the industries and various stake-holders based on its innovative research.

4. CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute- (CSIR-CFTRI)

CSIR−Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), Mysore is pursuing in-depth research and development in the areas of food science and technology. Research focus of CSIR-CFTRI has broadly been into the following areas: Engineering Sciences, Technology Development, Translational Research, Food Protection and Safety.

5. Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture - CRIDA, Hyderabad

ICAR-CRIDA, Hyderabad is working on basic and applied research in rainfed farming. The Institute also undertakes National / International Collaborations and Consultancy Projects. This is the lead Institute and the National Nodal point for the National Innovations in Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) which is being implemented at large number of Research Institutes of ICAR, State Agricultural Universities and at around 100 KVKs.

6. Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute - CMFRI, Kochi

ICAR- CMFRI, Kochi was established by Government of India for research and development for improving tropical marine fisheries, marine finfish farming, fisheries management plans for each maritime state, marine biotechnology and biodiversity in India. The Institute's multidisciplinary approach on research in marine capture and culture fisheries has won it recognition as a premier global institute.

7. Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering - CIAE, Bhopal

The ICAR-Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering (CIAE), Bhopal is nationally and internationally renowned premier Agricultural Engineering Research and Development Institute in India devoted to development and promotion of appropriate technologies for land development, farm mechanization, irrigation, processing of agro-produce, utilizing renewable, animate and mechanical power sources.

8. Indian Institute of Horticultural Research - IIHR, Bengaluru

ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR), Bengaluru is working on basic and applied research for developing strategies to enhance productivity and utilization of tropical and sub-tropical horticulture crops viz., fruits, vegetables, ornamentals, medicinal and aromatic plants and mushrooms, to serve as a repository of scientific information relevant to horticulture, to act as a centre for training for up gradation of scientific manpower in modern technologies for horticulture production.

9. National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute (NABI)

National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute (NABI) is the first Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute, established in India on 18th February 2010. The institute aims at catalysing the transformation of Agri-food sector in India. The institute has the vision to be a nodal organization for knowledge generation and translational science leading to value-added products based on Agri-Food biotech innovations. The main research focus of NABI is to harness biotechnological tools in the area of Agriculture Biotechnology, Food and Nutritional Biotechnology so as to provide sustainable and novel solutions towards quality food and nutrition.

Activities undertaken at NABI under different areas includes, Agricultural Biotechnology, Food and Nutritional Biotechnology, Human Resource Development, Meeting and Courses and Technology Transfer and Outreach.

The institute has developed strong linkages with National and International organizations and industries. The institute is part of agri-food cluster in the “Knowledge City” of Mohali (Punjab) along with its neighboring institutes.

10. National Institute of Animal Biotechnology

NIAB is aimed to harness novel and emerging biotechnologies and take up research in the cutting edge areas for improving animal health and productivity. The Institute's focus of research will be on Animal Genetics and Genomics, Transgenic Technology, Reproductive Biotechnology, Infectious Diseases, Bioinformatics and Nutrition Enrichment. The institute aims at translational research leading to the development of novel vaccines, diagnostics and improved therapeutic molecules for farm animals. The Institute plans to promote bio entrepreneurship by providing support environment for commercial tenants involved in the development of farm animal based products.

This Department of Biotechnology aided autonomous Institute is created for development of sustainable and globally competitive livestock industry through innovative technology. I believe that animal health and efficiency in generating animal based products with a target to increase quantity as well as quality of such products is the ultimate motive behind scientific research which are being and which will be undertaken by this institute. To make a mark, we need to generate new avenues, different than what others are already following in this field. Biotechnological advancement in any field may be adopted to facilitate our research and for obtaining set goals precisely at faster pace. Selfless and frank Intra-institutional and inter-institutional collaborative efforts to achieve desired targets swiftly for our farmer centric nation will be the core philosophy of this institute, in my view. This is required for fortifying our efforts towards obtaining food security and accessibility for all as well as for generating healthy herds of our animals with elite qualities. I wish those who join hands to work in this institute and those who are entrusted with facilitating our growth, strengthen and improve our philosophy to make it a distinguished institution.

11. ICAR- Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (CIFA) Kausalyaganaga, Bhubaneswar

ICAR-CIFA is working in the field of freshwater aquaculture research and focused on increasing the production and productivity from unit water area using several indigenously developed tools and practices. It is giving major emphasis on freshwater aquaculture research and technology commercialization. The institute has been bestowed with multidisciplinary team to lead the research and development in different aspects of aquaculture. The institute has contributed many technologies which are globally competitive and technologies are eco-friendly and economically viable. It has a comprehensive mandate of research, training and extension in different aspects of freshwater aquaculture. The Institute has five Regional Research Centres operating in different parts of the country to cater to the specific needs of the regions. The institute has been recognized as the Regional Lead Centre of Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific (NACA).


  1. Precision agriculture
  2. Sustainable and Climate smart agriculture
  3. Food safety and nutritional security
  4. Development of climate resilient livestock germplasm and intervention of modern technology in veterinary therapeutics and Zoonoses control
  5. Application of nanotechnology in agriculture and metabolic biology
  6. Modern fisheries, aquaculture and seed production

17. Social Sciences

Vertical Introduction

A social scientist needs to conduct the research which can catalyse the benefits of developments reaching the person who is standing at the end while giving space to all thoughts and ideas so that our entire act could be measured by the parameters of collective and the holistic development of the poorest of our society.

The vertical will include discussion on: Behavioural Community Approaches & its impact on Societal Development, Societal aspect of Technology Development, Socio-Economic aspect of Development and Community Health & Preventive care.

Champion Institutes

  1. JNU

1. Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)

The social sciences at JNU with diversified focus on history, sociology, economics, and human geography bloomed rapidly to become the primary choice of young minds nurturing developmental thoughts. School of social sciences and aligned centres at JNU are set for new paradigms in research and innovative thoughts having amalgamation with various disciplines. Such efforts will give space to new changes and address the requirements of our society. The domain of social science is also changing with evolving adaptation of Labour Studies, Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, National Security, Socio-economic development, Digital Learning Technologies and Content Design for online education through MOOC and E-Learning and like. Social Science in JNU focuses on several thematic issues such as Histories from the Margins; Disabilities, Minorities; Ethnicities; Exclusion and Marginalisations, Social Policies for Inclusion, Development and exclusion, intercultural discourses, traditional knowledge, health, etc. ( )


  1. Socio-Economic aspect of Development
  2. Societal aspect of Technology Development with cause
  3. Community-centric developmental approaches and their impact
  4. Community health & Preventive care

18. Management

Vertical Introduction

High-quality management is an essential component of any effective organization as well as society. The management vertical will aim to deliberate initiatives on: Steps and mechanisms to foster academic, institute-wide collaborations between Indian and foreign institutes; Actions that can be instituted to improve the management of Indian college system (Universities, educational bodies/societies, etc.) as well as Research organizations thereby creating a positive impact on the R&D output coming out of India; and key areas for Indian organizations where management inputs (insights generated through research) could be applied in order to bring about a positive transformation.

Champion Institutes

  1. Indian School of Business
  2. Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
  3. Indian Institute of Management, Shillong

1. Indian School of Business

The Indian School of Business (ISB) is a global business school offering world class management education to professionals at its two LEED rated green building campuses – Hyderabad and Mohali. A rich and vibrant pool of research-oriented resident faculty, robust academic partnerships, thriving alumni network, and backing of an influential board and guidance of industry’s thought leadership has enabled ISB to fast emerge and consolidate itself as a premier global business school in the emerging markets. The school is also one of the largest providers of executive education in Asia and the most research-productive Indian management institution.

The school, over the last nineteen years has grown at a rapid pace and has earned several prestigious accolades. ISB is the youngest business school to consistently rank among the top global MBA programmes. The resident faculty is ranked in the top 25 globally in terms of research productivity in the leading global management journals. ISB had the honour of receiving accreditations from the Association of MBAs (AMBA), EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). ISB gains the unique distinction of becoming the 100th business school in the world to achieve the coveted ‘Triple Crown’ accreditations- AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB. ISB envisions to become an internationally top-ranked, research-driven, and independent management institute that grooms future leaders for India and the world. To know more about ISB, please visit: ( )

2. Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM-A)

Led by space scientist Dr. Vikram Sarabhai and an eminent industrialist and philanthropist Shri Kasturbhai Lalbhai, and proactively supported by the then Chief Minister of Gujarat, Dr. Jivraj Mehta, a group of enlightened individuals set up IIMA in 1961. This group ably wove together a coalition of five actors - the governments at the centre and the state, local industrialists, the Ford Foundation and the Harvard Business School, to establish the foundations of the Institute. IIMA has been consistently ranked as the premier management school in the country by several national agencies. IIMA programmes are also ranked highly in several international rankings. In 2008, IIMA became the first management school in the country to be awarded EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) accreditation by the EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development).

IIMA aims to continue to be recognized as a premier global management school operating at the frontiers of management education and practice while creating a progressive and sustainable impact on society. The Institute delivers on this vision through its focus on the following aspects: Promoting excellence in scholarship by encouraging high-quality research, distinctive and impactful teaching, and meaningful contribution to knowledge-creation in a variety of disciplines; Educating and nurturing leaders of institutions and entrepreneurial organizations and supporting them in their efforts to create high-quality talent and value; Impacting the world of policy and practice through continuous engagement with alumni and prominent stakeholders, decision makers and leaders across the spectrum, including government, businesses and non-governmental enterprises.

IIMA supports its vision by placing emphasis on a high-performance work environment, supported by a culture of autonomy, creativity and collaboration amongst its faculty members, staff and students. As the Institute engages in its objectives, it will ensure that its research and teaching activities continue to address diverse areas which are of concern to varied sections of society. To know more about IIM Ahmedabad, please visit: ( )

3. Indian Institute of Management Shillong (IIM-S)

Set up in 2008 in the green contours of North Eastern part of the country, IIM Shillong, youngest of the older IIMs, has since grown exponentially to be counted among the leading management institutes. The institute remains committed to its goal of excellence in management education and research. Besides high-quality standard and rigor of its academic programs, IIM Shillong places special emphasis on the ever-growing significance of sustainable development and business practices. The Institute strives to impart to its students, ethical values, compassionate behaviour and concern for society. Students of IIM Shillong come from diverse backgrounds and get well placed in the industry.

IIM Shillong has a close connection with Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam who was a visiting faculty at its campus. The Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Centre for Policy Research and Analysis at IIM Shillong is envisioned as a proactive embodiment of the philosophy of the late President Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, of leveraging knowledge, technology and humanism to achieving Sustainable Development while also ensuring the goals of a just and equitable social order. The Centre aims to emerge as a state-of-the-art resource centre to assist the states of North East India and the implementing agencies to plan and execute projects, promote innovations and functions as a repository of the best practices, especially in development planning of sectors critical to the region.

IIM Shillong offers several post graduate programs in management including executive programs, Ph.D program and a number of certificate programs in niche areas. It has initiated the process of getting accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and Association of MBAs (AMBA). To know more about IIM Shillong, please visit: ( )


  1. Fostering academic collaborations
  2. Mechanisms to increase R&D outputs from Indian institutions
  3. Business innovation
  4. Entrepreneurship for growth
  5. Management of New-Age (Knowledge) Organizations
  6. Making India Center of Practice-Oriented Management Knowledge

Important Dates

Inauguration by Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Interaction with Overseas Academicians and Researchers) 2nd October 2020 (6:30PM IST)
Deliberations (Find the details in the respective vertical page) 03rd October 2020 to 25th October 2020
Presentation of Outcomes 28th October 2020
Concluding Event 31st October 2020 (Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Jayanti)

Suggestions/views/solutions on the Theme of Vaibhav from the overseas Indians are invited. Send a mail on

Best entries will be invited to interact with Hon'ble Prime Minister during inaugural event on 2nd October 2020 at 6:30PM IST.


Vaibhav Summit will be inaugurated by Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 2nd October. This will be followed by one-month long brainstorming of experts as panel discussions on the horizontals of each identified vertical to carve a path for future collaboration in the areas of interest.

  • The discussion to be led by an identified leader/moderator.
  • The discussions are on
    • Mechanisms for accomplishing various types of education, research and Entrepreneurship aspects of the scientific tasks
    • Generic Policies and Schemes for enabling the collaborations
    • Specific areas of collaborations
    • Alignment to Global Standards and Best Practices in the Vertical Research

Contact Us

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  • For any information regarding Participation in Verticals please mail at: with the ‘Vertical Name’ in the Subject line


'Vaibhav Summit' invites participation from overseas academicians & scientists for the constructive dialogue on collaboration mechanisms in the fields of Sciences, Engineering, Technology, Social Sciences, Medicine and Management etc.

Participant will receive the detailed program of the summit deliberations and invites related to his/her field.

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