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Doing science in India

This week I was rummaging through data to understand what it means to be a scientist in India. I poured into fresh government policy documents, funding proposals and announcements. I read again the Prime Minister’s address to the Indian Science Congress. I pursued with interest the angry voices of post-docs and scientists in the Nature India forum. I spoke to women scientists who have their share of problems. And some more.  Read more

Toy trouble

Toy trouble

The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) in New Delhi made some characteristically startling revelations today when they declared that Indian toys have high levels of toxic phthalates — plastic-softening chemicals that can lead to a wide range of health disorders and are especially dangerous for very young children who chew up anything at hand.  Read more

Double R&D funds

National funds for research and development are poised to double from the current 1% of the GDP to 2%, according to India’s science and technology minister Prithviraj Chavan. The next ten years, in fact, have been labeled by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as the ‘decade of innovation’ following which the government plans to focus on Research & Development efforts to translate lab research into product and process innovations that benefit the masses.  Read more

The innovation buzz

The theory behind the coconut plucking machine proposed by the Kerala government has found new propagators in New Delhi. The department of science and technology (DST) has now urged the scientific community of this country to find ways of ‘connecting grassroots innovation with innovations that make products globally competitive’ so that they compliment one another and do not become competitors.  Read more

Science can’t wait

Science can’t wait

It was evident at the National Technology Day celebrations (May 11) that science administrators and policy makers in this country have put all fears generated by the great recession behind. Science and innovation can’t wait for the global economy to bounce back, experts at an international conclave on research and development in New Delhi felt. The meet saw several countries pledging continuous ongoing scientific cooperation to India despite the global meltdown.  Read more