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     research leading to development.               to be carried out at RIC, Chennai as Directed
                                                    Research project. Over 287 proposals are under
• Centre of Propulsion Technology (CoPT) at         process. There are 298 ongoing projects costing
     IIT Bombay: CoPT, a bi-nodal centre was        over Rs. 360 crore. The major technological
     sanctioned in Jun 2016 to pursue research      areas that derive benefits from the ongoing
     in the area of propulsion technology.          research projects cover materials, aircraft
     The primary nodes are IIT Bombay & IIT         and missiles, electronics and communication,
     Madras. CoPT will undertake directed           biomedical sciences, cyber & space Security,
     basic research in the areas of futuristic      armaments, cryptography etc. There are
     aero engines, hypersonic propulsion for        eleven ongoing Memoranda of Collaboration
     long duration flight, solid propellant          (MOC) with IISc, JNCASR, DIAT, AIMSCS,
     combustion modeling and morphing               UoH, AMRITA Vishwa vidyapeetam and
     aircraft including its propulsion and          NIAS on strategically important research
     associated technologies.                       programme of interest to DRDO. A MoC in the
                                                    area of “Graphene based Tera Hertz Transistor
• Joint Advanced Technology Centre (JATC)           Technology” was signed this year.
     at IIT Delhi: JATC was sanctioned in Oct
     2016. The center will undertake directed           DRDO also provides grants to academic
     basic research in areas of advanced            institutions & R&D centers to organize
     ballistics, special structures & protection    conferences and seminars in niche areas of
     technologies, advanced electromagnetic         scientific and technology of importance to
     devices and THz technologies, brain            DRDO. So far during the current year, 211
     computer interface & brain machine             international and national conferences of
     intelligence, photonic technologies,           repute have been supported.
     plasmonics & quantum photonics and
     smart & intelligent textile.                   6.2.3 Research Boards

6.2.2 Extramural Research                           • Aeronautics Research & Development Board:
                                                         The thrust area of the board is to fulfill
    DRDO, under the Grants-in-Aid scheme,                technology gaps for aircraft and missiles
supports research activities in academic                 related to aerodynamics, propulsion,
institutions & R&D centers for development               materials & manufacturing, structures,
of technologies for its ongoing and future               systems/systems engineering and micro
projects. The objective is to nurture intellectual       air vehicle. There are currently 138 ongoing
resources, scientific expertise and innovation            projects which have been sanctioned at a
prowess in academic institutions and other               total cost of Rs 63.79 Cr. During the year,
research centers to utilize them in attaining the        33 projects were sanctioned at a total cost
aspirations our defence forces.                          of Rs 13.32 Cr.

         During the current year, a Centre          • Armament Research Board: The thrust area
for “Structure and Chemistry of Materials at             of the board is to foster knowledge-based
Atomic Scale” was created at IISc at a cost              growth of armament discipline in the
of Rs. 52.54 crore. 39 new projects costing              country, to catalyze the much needed
about Rs. 34.34 crore have been sanctioned               cross-fertilization of ideas and experiences
including eight projects costing Rs. 10.14 crore

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