Rs 3032.7 cr released to research institutes under Min. of S&T in 2008-09
Written by Subash   
Thursday, 23 July 2009
New Delhi: The Government has released grants totalling to Rs 303270.55 lakhs, towards the research institutes/laboratories functioning under the Ministry of Science and Technology. The Government envisages a surge in research activities in the country and has enhanced XI Plan allocation for Scientific Departments to Rs. 75,304.00 crores from Rs. 25,301.35 crores during X Plan.

A total of 60 research institutes/laboratories are functioning under the Ministry of Science and Technology - 14 under Department of Science and Technology (DST), 9 under Department of Bio-Technology (DBT) and 37 under Council of Scientific Industrial Research (CSIR). The measures for the promotion and growth of scientific research in the country include, setting up of new institutions for science education and research, creation of centres of excellence and facilities in emerging and frontline areas in academic and national institutes, induction of new and attractive fellowships such as INSPIRE, strengthening infrastructure for R&D in universities, encouraging public-private R&D partnerships, national awards for outstanding R&D etc.

According to information was given by the Minister of State for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences (Independent charges), PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Prithviraj Chavan in the Lok Sabha today, during the year 2007-08, the number of applications for Indian Patents for new inventions made by Indian scientists/institutions/entities was 6040, whereas, the corresponding number of applications by scientists/institutions/entities from the rest of the world was 29,178.

As per the Scopus International database, India’s global position in the field of scientific research ( measured by the number of research papers published) has improved from 13th position in 1996 to 12th position in 2001 & further to 10th position in 2006.

The growth rate of research papers published during the period 1996 to 2006 is 7.0% which is higher than the world average of 4.1%. In research productivity per dollar and full time equivalent of scientist, India ranks high.
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