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More autonomy demanded for universities, research bodies
July 08, 2006 20:09 IST
The prime minister's Scientific Advisory Council expressed concern on Saturday over 'excessive bureaucratic and political interference' in the functioning of research institutions and universities. This came about in the context of the clash between Health Minister A Ramadoss and All India Institute of Medical Sciences director P Venugopal.
With government still coming to grips over the storm generated by the move to sack Venugopal, SAC chairman C N R Rao urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to give 'greater professional autonomy' to universities and research institutions so that they can take measures to attract more talent and offer better incentives to scientists.
Expressing concern over the sharp decline in India's share in high quality science research, the council called for 'bold measures' to revitalise science in the country.
Rao apprised Dr Singh on the current status of science research and teaching in the country and drew attention to the urgent need for increasing investment in science, improving research output of universities and scientific research institutions and making science a more attractive career option for youth.
The prime minister was also briefed on the rapid progress being made in other East Asian economies, particularly China, Baru said.
Dr Singh assured the council that the government would take all steps to improve the country's competitive position in science research, his media adviser Sanjaya Baru stated. The prime minister has, thus, decided to convene a conference of chief ministers to discuss issues relating to science teaching and research and improvement of higher education in the country.