Under the directives of Hon’ble Prime Minister, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India initiated the efforts to develop a database and a virtual platform to bring on board the Global Indian S&T Community to address the Indian societal challenges / problems.
The virtual platform, a portal, is named PRABHASS which means a ray of light, and is an acronym for “Pravasi Bharatiya Academic and Scientific Sampark - Integrating Indian Diaspora with the Motherland”. PRABHASS is being developed with collaborative effort of all major scientific ministries / departments and the Ministry of External Affairs of India with the following Vision and Objectives:
Serve as National Digital Platform to effectively collaborate with Global Indian S&T Community for collectively promoting inclusive growth in India, strengthening Indian innovation ecosystem and contributing towards nation building
To invite and encourage Indian Diaspora to come forward and join hands with INDIA to help solve challenges being faced by Indian people thereby making an impact on society at large.
The Global Summit of Indian Overseas Researchers and Academicians, “Vaishvik Bhartiya Vaigyanik (VAIBHAV)” Summit, organized in October - November 2020 deliberated on 18 broad areas (Verticals) and several sub-Verticals under each of the Verticals for over a month. These deliberations were aligned with national goals and priorities of research in India. PRABHASS platform broadly encompasses the outcomes of Vaibhav.
Through PRABHASS the scientific Diaspora can continue to work together and collaborate with Indian scientists through discussion fora and for value R&D projects, trainings, webinars, fellowships, etc. aimed at addressing the identified challenges and problems through S&T interventions. This effort is also aimed at developing mechanisms for participation of Indian Diaspora working in top universities, R&D organizations across the world, to further enhance the knowledge-base of Indian Research and Academic Institutions.
PRABHASS would provide the Diaspora yet another opportunity to connect with the mother land and contribute towards improving the lives of the common man in India as well as build long lasting linkages with the fellow Indian scientists.