Q. Consider the following statements regarding the FIST program:
1. It is considered as complimentary support for enabling Schools/ Colleges to pursue research activities more effectively and efficiently.
2. It is an initiative of Ministry of Earth Sciences.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 only

[C] Both 1 and 2

[D] Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: A
  • The FIST program was launched by the Department of Science & Technology in 2000. 
  • The program aims to provide basic infrastructure and enabling facilities for promoting R&D activities in new and emerging areas and attract fresh talents in universities & other educational institutions. 
  • Duration: The duration of support for each project will be for a period not exceeding 5 years. 
  • It is a program run by Department of Science and Technology (DST) 
  • Read more here