IIT-Delhi has been selected by a high-level Expert Committee by the Centre's Department of Science and Technology (DST), for setting up Sophisticated Analytical and Technical Help Institute' (SATHI), for its outstanding performance of the institute in the area of research and development, managerial/ administrative capability, infrastructure availability and so on.
To set up SATHI, DST will provide Rs 125 crore, mostly non-recurring grants, to IIT-Delhi in next three financial years starting from 2019-2020.
"IIT-Delhi is honoured to shoulder this responsibility for the benefit of the nation. We have an excellent track record of not only setting up high end research facilities but also in their management and utilisation," said V Ramgopal Rao, Professor and Director, IIT-D.
The facilities being created as part of this activity will be made available to the researchers on round the clock basis with minimum downtime.
"Besides, IIT-Delhi has also made a commitment to DST to make available other high end research facilities available in the institute as part of this project. SATHI is a game changing preposition from central Government for taking experimental research in the country to the next level and IIT-Delhi shall assist DST in all possible ways for the success of this programme," added Rao.
The SATHI facility will be set up in the IIT's Sonepat campus (Haryana) will be equipped with major analytical instrument and advanced manufacturing tools, which are usually not available at institutes/ organisations.
"SATHI is much more than a sophisticated equipment centre as IIT-Delhi faculty and researchers will assist the students, scientists and entrepreneurs in solving the scientific and technological difficulties being faced by them," said Professor BR Mehta, Dean, IIT-Delhi.