Science

Floundering about after promising start

Print edition : September 01, 2017

Hyderabad, January 3, 1967: Prime Minister Indira Gandhi inaugurating the 54th session of the Indian Science Congress. Indira Gandhi, who became Prime Minister in 1966, showed the same unwavering commitment to developing a strong S&T base in the country and support to the scientific community as her father. Photo: The Hindu Archives

New Delhi, March 22, 1957: Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru presiding over a meeting of the Governing Body of the CSIR, which was considering various research programmes in the national and other laboratories. The 29-member body was set up in 1942 and had important industrialists and scientists represented on it. Also seen are Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. Rajkumari Amrit Kaur and J.R.D. Tata. Photo: The Hindu Archives

C. Subramaniam. On his initiative, the National Committee on S&T was set up in 1971. Photo: PIB

R. Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India. He is also Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet, which was constituted in 1956. Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam

Jawaharlal Nehru had worked with a distinct vision for the role S&T would play in the country’s development, but poor funding for the area in the decades after him and the lack of emphasis on universities as R&D centres have meant that India is not self-reliant in the civilian technology sectors.
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