The PM-STIAC is an overarching Council that facilitates the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India (O/o PSA) to assess the status in specific science and technology domains, comprehend challenges in hand, formulate specific interventions, develop a futuristic roadmap and advise the Prime Minister accordingly. O/o PSA also oversees the implementation of such interventions by concerned S&T Departments, agencies and other government Ministries.

The PM-STIAC is assisted by the Project Management Team (PMT) at Invest India, together with the Office of the PSA. The PMT at Invest India facilitates the delivery and progress of the ‘9 National Missions’ under the PM-STIAC. The team assists and supports the Office of the PSA in the capacity of a specialized project management division that contributes to overall program management and monitoring of the interventions and missions. Besides the ‘9 National Missions’, the PMT also advises on other science and technology projects like establishment of The Indian Museum of The Earth (TIME), Developing City Research and Innovation Clusters across the nation, amongst others. Apart from consulting the state, country and sector teams at Invest India for value addition to the ‘9 National Missions’, the PMT works with the stakeholders of each of the ‘9 National Missions’, in consultation with the relevant Nodal Officer, and keep him/her updated on the activities and progress of each of the missions.

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About PSA

Prof. Ajay Kumar Sood

Prof. Ajay Kumar Sood

Prof. Ajay Kumar Sood is a Distinguished Year of Science Professor at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore and a member of the Prime Minister’s Science, Technology, and Innovation Advisory Council (PMSTIAC) from 2018 onwards. From 2009 to 2014, he has also served as a Member of the Scientific Advisory Council (SAC) to the Prime Minister of India.


Missions of the PMSTIAC


Natural Language Translation

The mission aims to make opportunities and progress in science and technology accessible to all in their mother tongue and remove the barrier that a requirement of high-level of proficiency in English poses. Using a combination of machine and human translation, the mission will eventually enable access to teaching and researching material bilingually – in English and one’s native Indian language.


Quantum Frontier

This mission aims to initiate work in the understanding and control of quantum mechanical systems with a large number of degrees of freedom as one of the great contemporary challenges in fundamental science and technology. Building excellence in the quantum frontier through this mission is essential for national security and development of quantum computers, quantum chemistry, quantum communication, new materials, quantum sensors, and quantum cryptography.


Artificial Intelligence

The Artificial Intelligence (AI) mission focuses on efforts that will benefit India in addressing societal needs in areas such as healthcare, education, agriculture, smart cities and infrastructure, including smart mobility and transportation.

This mission will work with extensive academia-industry interactions on developing core research capability at national level which will include international collaborations. It will help push technology frontiers through the creation of new knowledge and in developing and deploying applications.


National Biodiversity Mission

This mission includes comprehensive documentation of India’s biodiversity with the potential for cataloguing and mapping all lifeforms in India including associated cultural and traditional practices; assessment of the distribution and conservation status of India’s biodiversity; development of a cadre of professionals adept at handling large sets of environmental data for management and monitoring of biodiversity; expansion of knowledge in ecosystem functioning that will inform restoration efforts; enhanced options for agricultural production and livelihood; establishment of vibrant biodiversity-based sustainable economy anchored on a foundation of the reliable information system; and public engagement for security and the general well-being of society.


Electric Vehicles

The mission aims to develop vehicle sub-systems and components specific to Indian requirements. It is to assist speedy adoption of electric vehicles by making their use viable.


Bioscience for Human Health

The diversity of Indians and of our environment requires a large-scale study of human genomes specific to our lifestyle and how this impacts health and disease patterns. The mission will make use of healthy and disease samples to understand the impact of nature and nurture on health. The primary goal of the mission is to construct comprehensive reference maps of genomes and to understand the dynamics of how exposure to different environments impact our bodies.


Waste to Wealth

The Waste to Wealth - Swachh Bharat, Unnat Bharat mission set up under the Prime Minister’s Science, Technology & Innovation Advisory Council, is an initiative by the Office of the Principal Scientific Advisor that aims to leverage global technological capabilities to create socio-economic benefits for more than a billion Indians by addressing the issues of waste disposal, deteriorating air quality and increasing river pollution.

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Deep Ocean Exploration

The purpose of this mission is to scientifically explore the deep oceans towards improving our understanding of the blue frontier. The information from this mission will address issues arising from long term changes in the ocean due to climate change. The focus areas cover the development of technologies for deep sea exploration and exploitation of living (biodiversity) and non-living (minerals) resources; development of underwater vehicles and underwater robotics; development of ocean climate change advisory services; technological innovations and conservational methods for sustainable utilisation of marine bio-resources; offshore based desalination techniques; and renewable energy generation.



This mission aims to support the national efforts to boost the innovation ecosystem in the country by connecting innovators across industry, individuals and the grassroots to the market and helping commercialise innovative solutions. It will provide a platform for innovators to bring their technology ready products and solutions to industry and the market thereby helping propel techno-entrepreneurship which can usher a new era of inclusive socio-economic growth.

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PM-STIAC Secretariat team at Invest India

  • Malyaj Varmani

    Malyaj Varmani

    Vice President

  • Nithin Chakki

    Nithin Chakki

    Principal Innovation Specialist

  • Yasir Khan

    Yasir Khan

    Senior Innovation Specialist

  • Sid Kaushik

    Sidharth Kaushik


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