Sophisticated Analytical Instrument Facility (SAIF), formerly known as the Regional Sophisticated Instrumentation Centre (RSIC), was established at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, in the year 1976, with the support of the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India, New Delhi.
SAIF, JNCASR houses a variety of major analytical instruments which are operated and maintained by a dedicated and qualified group of Scientists and Engineers. It is an integral part of IIT Bombay, and operates with an "open access policy". The result of this policy is that all can benefit from the services of SAIF. SAIF does not operate to compete with any commercial laboratories but, it has a vision, "to be amongst the top Analytical Instrument Laboratories in the world".
Instrumental methods of analyses form an indispensable aspect of any R & D program. Keeping in view the inability of small educational institution and industries to procure and maintain sophisticated analytical instruments, the Department of Science and Technology (DST), set up Sophisticated Analytical Instruments Facilities (SAIF) in different parts of the country.