All You Need to know about IMPRESS Scheme

By Neeraj Mishra|Updated : October 30th, 2018

With an aim to promote policy research in social science areas Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar launched ‘IMPRESS’ scheme in the country.

‘IMPRESS’ stands for - Impactful Policy Research in Social Sciences.

The scheme will provide an opportunity for social science researchers in any institution in the country which includes all universities (central and state).

Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said that the research in social science is essential for the progress of the society and the research carried out under IMPRESS scheme will be used to understand and solve problems facing the society. The quality benchmark for IMPRESS is that only such university which is under 12B schemes of UGC.


Key points of the Scheme -

1. Budget Outlay - The scheme will be implemented at a total cost of Rs. 414 crores till March 2021.

2. Implementing Agency – The scheme will be implemented by the Indian Council of Social Science and Research (ICSSR).

  • The IMPRESS scheme will open up new avenues in Research aiming at the visible impact on Technology, Economy, Society, Culture - B.B. Kumar (ICSSR Chairman)

3. Under IMPRESS, 1,500 research projects will be awarded for two years to support social science research in higher educational institutions. 

  • An average budget of Rs 25 lakh will be funded to as many as 1500 projects in the next two years

The objective of IMPRESS Scheme - The objective of the scheme is as follows:

  • To identify and fund research proposals in social sciences with maximum impact on the governance and society.
  • To ensure selection of projects through a transparent, competitive process on online mode.
  • To provide an opportunity for social science researchers in any institution in the country, including all Universities (Central and State), private institutions with 12(B) status conferred by UGC.

The identified domains under IMPRESS areas:

  1. State and Democracy
  2. Urban Transformation
  3. Media, Culture and Society
  4. Employment Skills and Rural Transformation
  5. Governance, Innovation and Public Policy
  6. Growth, Macro Trade, and Economic Policy
  7. Agriculture and Rural Development
  8. Health and Environment
  9. Science and Education
  10. Social Media and Technology
  11. Politics, Law and Economics

 The idea is to stop the brain drain and provide a facility so that they can do research in India which is of international level. The research work under the schemes would start from January next year, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said.

A country cannot progress without research in social science and technology – Shri Prakash Javadekar


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