IT Research Academy (ITRA) was a National Programme initiated by Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India, aimed at building a national resource for advancing the quality and quantity of R&D in Information and Communications Technologies and Electronics (IT) and its applications at a steadily growing number of academic and research institutions, while strengthening academic culture of IT based problem solving and societal development. ITRA is currently operating as a Division of Digital India Corporation (formerly Media Lab Asia), a Section-8 not-for-profit organization of MeitY.
ITRA was designed to produce a large numbers of IT researchers who are well equipped with the latest IT knowledge, educated in relating classroom knowledge to developing solutions, trained to spot problems amenable to IT solutions, motivated to identify societal problems in IT and other domains, and exposed to mechanisms for converting lab solutions to working prototypes.
ITRA, with its network of experts and organizations, is aimed at a major increase in the national capacity of producing PhDs who could become faculty in academic institutions and address the needs of the industry and society at large. The enhanced IT R&D capacity created through ITRA will impact the overall ecosystem of Information Technology. This is to be reflected in the numbers of research groups and labs created, new research areas initiated, scale of PhD graduations, new curricula, innovative solutions to industrial and societal problems, and, strong linkages with R&D groups in and outside the country.
ITRA concluded on 31st Dec 2019.