Ministry of Science and Technology

Ministry of Science and Technology is tasked to promote scientific discovery, research and development in various fields, and to formulate and administer rules and regulations related to science and technology in India.

Departments:

  • Department of Biotechnology
  • Department of Scientific and Industrial Research
  • Department of Science and Technology (DST)

Associated Organisations

CSIR – Council of Scientific and Industrial Research

CSIR is the largest research and development organisation, and the largest patentee and publisher of research papers, in India. It has been set up as an autonomous (society) funded by the Government of India. The Prime Minister of India is its ex-officio chairman. CSIR has invented and commercialised many useful products in India- including the Saheli family planning pill, blood glucose regulator, environment-friendly drain cleaners, etc.


BIRAC – Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council

BIRAC is an interface agency, to enhance interaction between emerging biotech industries and the government. It is a major organisation for implementation of initiatives of the Department of Biotechnology, including the National Biopharma Mission.

IBSD – Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development

IBSD is a research and development organisation for Indo-Burmese biodiversity hotspot, and is set up as a National Institute under Department of Biotechnology. It is headquartered at Imphal, Manipur.

IBSD won ASEAN Sustainability Leadership Award for 2016. It also launched a Floating Laboratory project in 2017 to assess health of water bodies in the Northeast.

National Atlas and Thematic Mapping Organisation (NATMO), under the DST, undertakes cartographic and geographical researches, and publishes spatial and non-spatial data under broad categories of physical, social, economic, environmental disciplines.

Survey of India, set up in 1767, is the oldest scientific department of the government of India. Under the DST, the organisation dedicates itself to develop and publish cost effective and reliable geospatial data to meet the country’s needs.

Schemes/Initiatives at a glance:

  • Innovate in India (I3) program, as part of National Biopharma Mission and implemented by the BIRAC, is an industry-academia collaborative mission of the Department of Biotechnology to support innovation and discovery research in pharmaceuticals.
  • INSPIRE programme aims to attract talent in science at an early age, to develop the human resource pool for research and development in science in the country. It does not conduct any competitive exam, but relies on the existing educational system to identify talent.
  • VAJRA (Visiting Advanced Joint Research Faculty) scheme facilitates foreign scientists, especially from the NRIs and PIO (Persons of Indian Origin) community, to do research work in Indian institutions.

More related information:

FINE – Festival for Innovation and Entrepreneurship – is organised by the Rashtrapati Bhavan in association with DST.

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