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The Future of Modern India: Management of Science, Technology and Innovation

Pawan Sikka (Author)

The management of science and technology (S&T) has played a vital role in the emergence of modern India, Linking S&T with the national development has now become an important part of the national agenda.

The Government of India with a view to accelerating the pace of development and improving the quality of life of people, 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 the S&T in the country. The existence of the nature of these national 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. And, the impact of these policies has become obvious to the world only over the last two to three years. The world as a whole is now looking to India to provide global leadership on the multilateral stage.

The management strategies in S&T should be devised for meeting the social and economic needs to the society, so as in relation to the global advances taking place in the frontier areas by using the combined strength of science, technology and the socio-economic sectors.

India is a nation on the move in the 21st century. The golden future of India lies in the strategic management of science and technology.

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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 The Future of Modern India: Management of Science, Technology and Innovation
Author Pawan Sikka
Format Hardcover
Date published: 07.07.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788176580489
length xviii+484p., Tables; Bibliography; Index; 22cm.