IIT-Kharagpur was named the national coordinating institute of the Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC) under the Ministry of Human Resource Development.
As a national coordinating institute, it would do the following:
- Routing SPARC funds,
- Managing the online portal,
- Coordinating with the other nodal institutes of India,
- Organising two annual SPARC conferences and
- Managing the intellectual output of SPARC.
The Ministry also launched a dedicated web portal for SPARC- www.sparc.iitkgp.ac.in, which will be active from October 4 to November 15.
This scheme aims to improve the research ecosystem of India’s higher educational institutions by Promoting academic and research collaboration between Indian institutions and best-in-class faculty and renowned research groups in foreign institutions.28 foreign countries have been targeted in the first phase of the scheme.It includes those belonging to top QS World University Rankings.