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India among top scientific powers

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The Government has announced the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy-2013 which interalia aspires `positioning India among the top five global scientific powers`. Accordingly, the STI Policy seeks to:

(i) Enhance India`s global share of scientific publications from the present 3.5% to 7.0 %;

(ii) Establish world class infrastructure for Research and Development (R&D) in some select areas;

(iii) Make careers in science, research and innovation attractive enough for talented and bright minds;

(iv) Create an environment for enhanced private sector participation in R&D, technology and innovation;

(v) Seed S&T based high risk Innovation;

(vi) Participate in international R&D projects that are high cost and high science. A strong and viable Science, Research and innovation System for High Technology-led path for India (SRISHTI) is the goal of the new STI policy.

As per UNESCO`s Global Science Report India`s global ranking in Science is commensurate with its Full Time Equivalent of R&D personnel engaged in R & D.

A bibliometric study commissioned by the Department of Science and Technology indicates that India`s science publication share has increased from 1.8% in 2001 to 3.5% in 2011. Union Minister of Science &Technology and Earth Sciences S.Jaipal Reddy gave this information in reply to a written question in the Rajya Sabha today.

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