Important Topics: Science For Development - Strengthening The Science & Technology Road Map
- The Department of Science & Technology, Government of India, serves as the nodel agency for all government led initiatives that create and strengthen the science & technology in our country.
- The DST accordingly co-ordinates with several other department, stakeholder to develop these policies & implement programmes to serve this important mandate.
Here's a peek into some major initiative to meet the goals and the robust roadmap for way ahead:
|National Supercomputing Mission
|Partners with Dept. of Electronics and Information Technology (Deity) to empower national academic and R&D institutions across our country by installing a vast supercomputing grid with more than 70 high performance computing facility.|
|Impacting Research Innovation & Technology (IMPRINT)||Partnership with MHRD, to address major societal and developmental needs as healthcare, information & communication technology, water resources, security & defence, environmental & climate change etc|
|A Joint R & D initiative with Ministry of Railways||For fuel efficiency enhancement, alternate fuel, fuel conservation in diesel traction etc|
|Early Career Research Award (ERCA)||To provide rapid research support to researches in early career
To attract & retain young scientists discourage brain drain in academic/R & D institution through National Postdoctoral Fellowship (N-PDF) scheme.
|Attracting Women to Science||Enables gender parity through a scheme called Knowledge Instrument in Research Advancement through Numbering (KIRAN)|
|Social Benefits Delivered (Energy benefits, Wealth from waste etc.)||
|Going Global Through Mega Projects
|Thirty Meter Telescope||
|Associate Membership of CERN||
|Laser Interferometer Gravitational wave observatory (LIGO)||
|Devasthal Optical Telescope||
|Collaboration with Italy||The Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR-GmbH) at Darmstadt, Germany – the largest upcoming accelerator facility for basic science research was formed in October 2010, will assist research in field of atomic, nuclear particle and plasma physics.|
The objective of DST, is to position India among the top 5 countries in scientific research by -
- Augmenting the R&D infrastructure
- Enhance number of active scientist
- Quality/relevance/impact of research to reverse brain drain for brain gain for societal and industrial development & attract youth to study and pursue career in science and technology.
- Also DST will intensify industry – academic R&D partnership, to find solution to national challenges pertaining to energy, water, health, environment, climate & cyber security.
- In order to create a robust S&T led innovation and start-up ecosystem, DST has developed National Institute for Developing and Harnessing Innovation (NIDHI) to cover entire innovation chain from scouting and mentoring to up scaling the starting.
- Citizen engagement is an important thrust of the DST. The Science Express is a classic initiative that serves this especially for the benefit of children across the country.
- Therefore DST is continuously working to further strengthen India's leadership in these areas and continue deliver value added services for benefit of our country as a whole.
POSSIBLE QUESTION FROM EXAM POINT OF VIEW
Right from transforming India into knowledge based economy to achieve the goals of inclusive development, the DST leverages research for equity, empowerment and development. In the light of this statement, discuss the role played by Department of Science & Technology (DST) (200 Words).