Why fundamental scientific research has not caught on in India (Comment)
Even as the nation continues to celebrate the success of Chandrayaan, the countryâ€™s first space mission to moon, this is not something one of the seniormost scientists in India, Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao, is particularly thrilled about….
Rao, the head of the Prime Ministerâ€™s Scientific Advisory Council, observes there is no reason for India to celebrate the moon mission success. In fact, he says, India is just doing a follow-up on the moon mission of the US undertaken more than three decades ago.
The senior scientist wants the nation to focus on fundamental scientific research. He does not find much value in public funds being invested in technology development or application research.
Rao is not just another scientist. For the last six years, he has been heading the prime ministerâ€™s council, making him the countryâ€™s highest ranked adviser on science policy. The councilâ€™s science and technology policy is implemented by another committee headed by former nuclear scientist R. Chidambaram that also advises the cabinet.
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