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Science Policy: New Strategies for India's Modernization

Pawan Sikka (Author)
Synopsis A national science policy provides guidelines to the government to finance, encourage and deploy the scientific resources, both human and natural, for executing short-term and long-term programmes towards attaining the welfare of society. Science and Technology (S&T) has now become an important part of the national agenda. Linking S&T with the national development is a subject of increasing concern all over the world and this has gained momentum with the emerging technological revolution. So, with a view to accelerating the pace of development and improving the quality of life of people, the Government of India, has enacted national level policy declarations on science and technology. Besides, a number of national policy statements have been also adopted at the sectoral levels i.e. education, environment, industry, health, housing, textiles, drugs, patents, etc to have an impact on the pursuit and performance of S&T in the country. The existence of the nature of these national level policies and acts for the promotion and protection of S&T can be taken as an indication of the national commitment for the advancement of S&T towards the socio-economic development of India. Some of these national policy declarations are compended here, in originals, for the convenience of science policy planners, economists, social scientists, legal experts, patent attorneys, investment bankers, entrepreneurs, R&D and technology management personnel, researchers, students of science policy studies etc to devise future strategies for solving the emerging national problems by using the combined strength of science and socio-economic sectors.Science and Technology has played a vital role in the emergence of modern India. "The emergence of India as a major global power" is an idea whose time has come". The future beckons India to be prosperous.
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About the author

Pawan Sikka

Dr. Pawan Sikka is a solid state physicist, science –policy analyst, academicians and science - administrator. He is former Advisor/ Scientist - G, Ministry/department of Science and technology (DST), Government of India, New Delhi. He has held various senior positions there during 1974-2004. He was Director (International relations) for science and technology, 1989-1994. As a Principal scientific officer of the DST in 1985-89, he was associated with the then apex Science Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi. He holds Ph.D. and D.Sc. degrees in Physics. Under the British Council ODA Scholarship, he was a Visiting fellow to the university of Oxford, Oxford, U.K. for Science policy Studies in the academic year 1984-85. He has contributed a number of technical papers, on the Physics of amorphous semi-conducting glasses, as well as on the science  - policy related issues concerning the post-independence development of science and technology in India, in national and international journals. He is a life member of the: Oxford and Cambridge Society f India, New Delhi; association of British scholars, British Council, New Delhi; Materials research Society of India, Hyderabad; and Semi-Conductor Society of India, New Delhi. He is widely traveled in India and abroad. He has delivered special lectures on science policy related studies, at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, (JNU) New Delhi. His another book, Rajiv Gandhi - His Vision of India of the 21st Century: science, technology and national development, is widely read by scholars and academics the world over.

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Title Science Policy: New Strategies for India's Modernization
Author Pawan Sikka
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2008
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8176580473
length xvi+672p., Tables.