Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), will soon set up high-tech instrumentation facilities to promote advanced scientific research.
Under SAIF (Sophisticated Analytical Instrumentation Facilities) which is financially supported by the Department of Science and Technology, there are currently 18 National Institutes that have been selected for as possible candidates who will be housing these advanced and high-end sophisticated instrumentation devices at their campuses.
Few of the most important instruments that will be added to the facilities for the purposes of research which also costs crores, will be required to be imported to the institutes. Some of the instruments among these are many types of X-Ray Machines, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Electron Pragmatic Resonance, Electron Probe Micro Analyser, Electron Microscope as well as Transmission Electron Microscope among many others. The scheme has been designed in such a way that the centralised instrumentation facilities have been set up for the purpose of academics as well as industry and lab works too, in order to minimise the cost of ownership of the facilities to the institute and create the least number of obstacles for the research work.
A team of officials from the Department of Science and Technology had been sent by the organisations to SPPU after the varsity had sent them a letter of proposal for adding the facilities to their campus. There were officials from other national institutes along with the DST officials who had visited the campus to check and review the existing infrastructure and facilities of SPPU so as to consider them as possible candidates for the advanced scientific facilities.
Stating on the topic, the SPPU Vice-Chancellor Nitin Karmalkar said that the central instrumentation facility that will be installed at the campus will be used for research work in the various fields of sciences. The facilities provided in the centralised instrumentation facilities will be on offer to the scientists from SPPU as well as scientists from other industries, laboratories as well as institutions after the facility has been set up at the campus. Sources have added that the institute has been in the process of finalising the instruments as well as the facilities that they will be adding, which has an estimated cost of 125 crores, sources state.
There are two projects that Savitribai Phule Pune University has planned to work upon once the facilities have been added to the university's campus. The first project that they will work upon with the help of the facilities is human resource development that will be needed for the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory or also known as LIGO. LIGO will be undertaken in partnership with the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) in Pune. The second project they will undertake with the help of these facilities will be working with the Indian Space Research Organisation on developing payloads that will be useful for various space programmes that will take place in the future.
Along with these facilities, sources state the SPPU has planned to launch a food and drug analysis wing as well. They have also planned that in the future this wing will be open to offering consultations as well as providing sample analysis.