Multi-disciplinary, collaborative and multi-institutional R&D projects of Information Technology Research Academy (ITRA) in the areas of ‘Mobile Computing, Networking and Applications (ITRA-Mobile)’ and ‘IT based Innovations in Sustainability of Water Resources (ITRA-Water)’ have been launched. Shri J Satyanarayana, Secretary, Department of Electronics and Information Technology, launched these projects recently at a workshop. He said that ITRA addresses the R&D needs of the country in ICT&E by emphasizing on the right themes and right Teams and remarked that the programme is very timely effort. He further emphasized that the initiative is in line with the R&D framework of DeitY which has been drawn up to strike the right balance between basic and applied research and addresses some of the domains which have been emphasized by the R & D framework such as Agriculture, Water, Energy etc. He further stressed that R&D focus must culminate into transfer of technology and commercialization of research.
14 team projects have been initiated at 44 institutions across the country in these two areas of ‘ITRA- Mobile’ and ‘ITRA-Water’. These projects are expected to enable in the generation of about 150 quality PhDs. More areas for initiation of R&D team projects are under consideration.
ITRA is a National Programme to help build a national resource for advancing the quality and quantity of R&D in Information and Communications Technologies and Electronics and its applications, in IT and related institutions across India. ITRA is operating as a Division of Media Lab Asia, a Section-25 not-for-profit organization of DeitY.