first_imgIt’s been 19 months  since Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to bring all research works under one roof, but the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoS&T) has not yet synchronised its different research wings. Though the MoS&T had held several rounds of deliberations with all research institutes under it in the past 19 months, but nothing much to avail.In total, there are 70 research institutes only under Science and Technology Ministry and when research institutions of other ministries are included the figure may go over 300 such as Ministries of Earth Sciences, Health, Food Processing, Defence, Human Resource Development, Petroleum, etc. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra damAs per the latest update, the S&T Ministry is still brainstorming over resolving different issues to finalise the uniform framework for it. Talking to Millennium Post, Union MoS&T Harsh Vardhan said, “We have asked heads of all the institutes to seat together and finalise a coordination policy as there are several instances that two research institutes are working on similar subject without the knowledge of each other.”Defending the ministry’s stand, Vardhan said, “It’s a long process, which will take time, but the good news is that we are close to finalising a policy which would focus on public cause centric research work. It’s need of the hour for all the research institutions to coordinate with  Also Read – Union Min doubts ‘vote count’ in Bareilly, seeks probeeach other.”Stressing on need of bringing all the research bodies under one roof, Vardhan said, “There are several institutions of different ministries doing their own research work. When they would come under one umbrella, the research work would be more adept and cost-effective too.”The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is engaged in developing new vaccines, which is also being done by Central Scientific Research Institute (CSIR) laboratories and there is no coordination between both the institutions, resulting into double expenditure for developing one technology. “A huge amount of fund is being pumped in by the Centre for promoting research related works to address the fundamental issues such as health, malnutrition, farming, clean drinking water, etc, but the outcome is not in proportion to the expenditure,” said an official of Department of Science & Technology on the condition of not to be named.Adding further the senior official said, “Take the example of Indian Science Congress (ISC), the ministry spends above Rs 20 crore per year on holding the event, but its outcome gets buried in different science journals.”last_img

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