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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

GROWTH OF SCIENCE

 
The development of science in the last 150 years is much more than what we achieved in the earlier centuries put together.

 On the technology front, wireless is new buzzword in any platform which not only cut costs but give seamless connectivity in areas like internet, telephony, signalling systems etc. Though the private sector is fetching a lot more benefits with the development of these technologies, but their contribution in the research is a lot be desired. This fallacy needs to be changed especially in India where science is not getting adequate contribution from the industry.

Revealing this chilling fact, C.N.R. Rao, head of the scientific advisory council to the Prime Minister of India said "Industry magnates such as Mukesh Ambani and Ratan Tata should loosen their purse strings". His anger is palpable. He further said that 50 per cent of research funding in the United States, Japan and South Korea comes from industry. Prof Rao reiterated that the government investment in science should be increased from 0.9 per cent to 2 per cent of the gross domestic product.

Considering the size of the population, India's contribution to science should match to the expectations,  but the ground level picture is so gloomy that of the top 1 percent of global research, India's contribution is less than 1 per cent... the USA's contribution is 63 percent. Poverty may be the single biggest cause for India's dismal performance in the field of science.

India's cutting edge scientific research is confined to government sector only with full funding by government only. If we invest more funds in scientific research, we could make rapid strides,  especially in space science like inter-planetary explorations where America is top-notch.

To set right the things in India's favour, at policy level, we must double the existing budgets of government departments dealing with space science, atomic science and earth sciences so that more projects could be started and involve in quality research.

Having scientific temper is man’s basic instinct. It should be nurtured especially  in children so that their learning curve would grow with age.

As science is evolving day by day, we need to marshal more resources to bring a perceptible change in our lives !



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