Mission on Advanced and High-Impact Research (MAHIR)

2023 JUN 9

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  • The Ministry of Power and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy have jointly launched a National Mission titled Mission on Advanced and High-Impact Research (MAHIR).

About Mission on Advanced and High-Impact Research (MAHIR):

  • MAHIR aims to facilitate indigenous research, development and demonstration of the latest and emerging technologies in the power sector.
  • It also aims:
    • To leverage emerging technologies as the main fuel for future economic growth and thus make India a manufacturing hub of the world.
    • To provide a common platform for Power Sector Stakeholders for collective brainstorming, synergetic technology development and devise pathways for the smooth transfer of technology.
    • To support pilot projects of indigenous technologies developed by Indian start-ups and facilitate their commercialization.
    • To leverage foreign alliances and partnerships for research and development of advanced technologies and technology transfer.
  • MAHIR functions by pooling financial resources of the Ministry of Power, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and the Central Public Sector Enterprises under the two Ministries.
    • Additional funding, if required, will be mobilized from the Government’s budgetary resources.
  • It is planned for an initial period of five years from 2023-24 to 2027-28.


  • The Mission will have a two-tier structure:
    • Technical Scoping Committee (TSC):
      • It will survey and identify the on-going and emerging areas of research globally and will make recommendations to the Apex Committee.
      • It is chaired by the Chairperson of the Central Electricity Authority.
    • Apex Committee:
      • It deliberates on technology and product development, approves research proposals, and looks into international collaborations.
      • It is chaired by the Union Minister for Power & New and Renewable Energy.

Eight areas identified for MAHIR:

  • 1) Alternatives to Lithium-Ion storage batteries
  • 2) Modifying electric cookers / pans to suit Indian cooking methods
  • 3) Green hydrogen for mobility (High Efficiency Fuel Cell)
  • 4) Carbon capture
  • 5) Geo-thermal energy
  • 6) Solid state refrigeration
  • 7) Nanotechnology for EV battery
  • 8) Indigenous CRGO technology.


Which of the following are the focus areas of Mission on Advanced and High-Impact Research (MAHIR)’?

1. Carbon capture

2. Geo-thermal energy

3. Green hydrogen for mobility

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1 only

(d) 1,2 and 3