Indian Science Technology and Engineering facilities Map
Centre for Nano Science and Engineering
Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru
Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the GoI

The Vision

It has always been the basic tenet of the Government of India, in generously funding R&D efforts at academic institutions over the years, that facilities established through such support be made available to those needing them and qualified to make use of them for their own research work.

However, this was never easy or straightforward for, among other reasons, there was no ready source of information of what facility was available and where. Thanks to the Web, it is much easier today to have a national and regional “inventory of resources”, so as to match users with the resources they need, and to do all this in an efficient and transparent manner.

This can lead to a leap in R&D productivity and greatly enhance the effectiveness of public investment. This is the motivation behind I-STEM.

The Mission

The I-STEM Web Portal is the gateway for users to locate the specific facility(ties) they need for their R&D work and identify the one that is either located closest to them or available the soonest.

Through a recent GoI directive, institutions with R&D facilities funded by agencies of the GoI are now required to list them on the I-STEM Portal. Through the I-STEM Portal or the web site of the organization where the desired facility is located, one can make a reservation for using it.

To enable the running and maintenance of the resources, the organization may charge a fee, which depends on whether the user is from the academia, a public institution, or from industry. A panel of Experts will be formed over time to help users make the most informed use of resources available through I-STEM.