About SAIF–NEHU, Shillong  
The Sophisticated Analytical Instrument Facility (SAIF), formerly known as Regional Sophisticated Instrumentation Centre (RSIC) at NEHU was established on the 7th of July, 1984.
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) is providing facilities of sophisticated analytical instruments to researchers through its Sophisticated Analytical Instrument Facilities (SAIF) Programme so that the non-availability of these instruments in their institutes may not come in the way of scientists in pursuing R&D activities requiring such facilities and they are able to keep pace with developments taking place globally. Thirteen Sophisticated Analytical Instrument Facilities (SAIFs) which provide sophisticated analytical instruments to users are functioning at IIT, Chennai; IIT, Mumbai; Bose Institute, Kolkata; CDRI, Lucknow, Panjab University, Chandigarh; NEHU, Shillong; Nagpur University, Nagpur; IISc., Bangalore; AIIMS, New Delhi; Gauhati University, Guwahati; IIT, Roorkee; C.V.M., Vallabh Vidyanagar, Gujarat and STIC, Cochin. The instruments available at the SAIF, NEHU include SEM, TEM, MASS, FT-NMR, AAS, CHN/O Analyser, Graphite Furnace and Liquid Nitrogen Plant.

Objectives of the SAIFs;
  • to carry out analysis of samples received from the scientists/institutes;
  • to provide facilities of sophisticated analytical instruments to scientists and other users from academic institutes, R&D laboratories and industries to enable them to carry out measurements for R&D work;
  • to acquire and develop capability for preventive maintenance and repair of sophisticated instruments;
  • to organize short term courses/workshops on the use and application of various instruments and analytical techniques;
  • to train technicians for maintenance and operation of sophisticated instruments; and
  • to undertake design and development of instruments/accessories of existing instruments.
Users of the Facilities:
The facilities provided by the SAIFs may be utilized by any user/organization on payment of nominal charges. The details about the procedure for using the facilities and the charges for sample analysis, information about short term courses/training programmes/workshops etc. can be obtained from the respective Heads of the SAIFs or the websites of the Facilities.