Lack of industry support and infrastructure hindering semicon R

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Mumbai, Mar 12 (UNI) Limited industry support, lack of research infrastructure and shortage of research scholars and faculty are hindering the growth of semiconductor research in India, according to a study.

The study on semiconductor related research in Indian universities carried out by Evalueserve for the India Semiconductor Association said, another reason for the poor response was the low remuneration offered to faculty and research scholars.

The study conducted in 89 institutes across the country included a quantitative analysis of the Research and Development in India by taking a sample of 320 semiconductor related projects active during 2005-07.

The top seven institutes account for approximately 70-75 per cent of the total research being undertaken in the academia institutes of the country. These institutes have the faculty and dedicated VLSI labs to support high-quality semiconductor-related research fields such as Chip design and testing, embedded systems, Electronic Design and Automation (EDA) and process related research.

The five Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) and BITS Pilani account for around 61 per cent of research papers published in the field of semiconductors.

The study indicated that approximately 90 per cent of the total funds for research were provided by the Centre and the rest came from the industry.

Among the major recommendations, the study sought the government to facilitate a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model involving the government, the industry, and the academia to encourage applied semiconductor research.

It also suggested promotion of Technology Business Incubators (TBI) to provide a robust platform for active industry-academy interactions, and help convert a potential research idea to its commercial success.

It also called for necessary steps to enhance research infrastructure by developing dedicated research centres, by enhancing the standard of semiconductor laboratories to match with industry standards and by setting up semiconductor-related research in Research and Development special economic zones and improving the status of research scholars and faculty by providing performance-based incentives to faculty and research scholars, facilitating involvement of industry executives in academics and by creating awareness about job avenues among PhD holders.

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