IT Research Academy (ITRA) is 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 is 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.


Welcome to Information Technology Research Academy (ITRA), Digital India Corporation ( formerly Media Lab Asia ) Important


Testimonials by various people

Focus Areas

ITRA pilot has Three focusareas running


This focus area is primarily aimed at work in IT itself, instead of IT-in-X that targets applications of IT to important problems, per our general approach to selecting focus areas described in the plan document. Within IT, it is motivated by simultaneously realizing two desirable properties.


Sustainable access to water is impending crisis levels across India. Water will become the bottleneck for the economic growth of the country affecting all sectors including food and agriculture, industry, energy, and human health.


India represents almost 17.31% of the world’s population which makes it the second most populous country in the world with 1.22 billion people. With the population growth rate at 1.58%, India is expected to be the most populous country by 2030 with 1.53 billion people.


Currently we are running 15 projects under 3 focus areas

Performance Dashboard

Impact of ITRA initiative on various grounds

Key Achievements

Key Achievements from three focus area


8 Projects

35 Insttutes

67 Faculty

433 Publications

123 PhD. Students / Staff


5 Projects

22 Insttutes

39 Faculty

96 Publications

42 PhD. Students / Staff


2 Projects

14 Insttutes

36 Faculty


PhD. Students / Staff