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National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber Physical Systems

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National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber Physical Systems

What to study?

For Prelims: key features of NM- ICPS, targets.

For Mains: Need for and significance of the mission.

Context: Department of Science and Technology (DST) has sanctioned Rs 7.25 crore to IIT Mandi to establish a Technology Innovation Hub (TIH) at the Institute.

DST has sanctioned the funds under its National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (NM-ICPS).

Main tasks of the Technology Innovation Hub (TIH):

  1. The TIH will develop tools, education material, hands-on experiments with specialised tool kits, connecting with existing innovation ecosystems.
  2. It will inter-link with different stakeholders and connect with other initiatives of the Government of India by providing an innovation platform for schools, colleges and advanced technical training institutes in the targeted areas. The deliverables include:
  3. Technology Deliverables: To develop technology interface for challenges concerning landslides, environment (including climate change), air pollution, agriculture, cybersecurity, defence forces, healthcare, and forensics.
  4. Human Resource and Skill Development Deliverables: To generate skilled manpower in HCI area at graduate, post-graduate, doctoral, post-doctoral and faculty level by organising workshops and seminars.
  5. International Collaborations Deliverables: To develop and sustain existing and new collaboration with universities and organisations in India and abroad.
  6. Entrepreneurship and Startup Deliverables: To create a startup ecosystem by working with the technology-business incubator of IIT Mandi, Catalyst, with an approach of Knowledge Generation Technology Development Technology Translation Technology Commercialisation.

How the TIH will work on Cyber Physical Systems (CPS)?

The TIH will also work on the development and evaluation of interfaces of IoT-based Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), where CPS contains physical elements (sensors) for collecting data and cyber elements (analytics and visualization software) for alerting/ educating people for directed action.

What is it?

Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) are a new class of engineered systems that integrate computation and physical processes in a dynamic environment. CPS encompasses technology areas of Cybernetics, Mechatronics, Design and Embedded systems, Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI) among others.

About National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (NM-ICPS):

To harness the potential of this new wave of technology and make India a leading player in CPS, the Union Cabinet approved the launch of National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (NM-ICPS) in 2018.

It had a total outlay of INR 3,660 crores for a period of five years.

The mission implementation would develop and bring: 

  1. Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) and associated technologies within reach in the country, 
  2. adoption of CPS technologies to address India specific National / Regional issues, 
  3. produce Next Generation skilled manpower in CPS,
  4. catalyze Translational Research, 
  5. accelerate entrepreneurship and start-up ecosystem development in CPS, 
  6. give impetus to advanced research in CPS, Technology development and higher education in Science, Technology and Engineering disciplines, and 
  7. place India at par with other advanced countries and derive several direct and indirect benefits.


  1. The Mission aims at establishment of 15 numbers of Technology Innovation Hubs (TIH), six numbers of Application Innovation Hubs (AIH) and four numbers of Technology Translation Research Parks (TTRP).
  2. These Hubs & TTRPs will connect to Academics, Industry, Central Ministries and State Government in developing solutions at reputed academic, R&D and other organizations across the country in a hub and spoke model.

Insta Link:

Prelims Link:

  1. What are Cyber-Physical Systems?
  2. What is IoT?
  3. What is Big Data?
  4. Potential applications of CPS.

Mains Link:

Write a note on Cyber-Physical Systems and its associated technologies.

Sources: the Hindu.