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Par panel favours more broad-based scientific research academy

15 December 2010

NEW DELHI: A Parliamentary panel has asked the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to integrate as many laboratories as possible covering various departments and disciplines into the Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR) it plans to set up.

The Parliamentary Committee on Science and Technology has asked CSIR to ensure that the Academy is “sufficiently broad-based” so as to include and utilise all national facilities and laboratories even if they fall within the jurisdiction of other scientific departments.

“The Committee is of the view that the government should explore the possibilities of making the Academy more broad- based so as to include other well established and outstanding scientific institutions under different scientific organisations, in order to derive the maximum benefit for the country,” it said in the report tabled in the Rajya Sabha.

Pitching for a “truly integrative” and “multi- disciplinary” Academy, the panel headed by T Subbirami Reddy, visualised the institution to be a “national umbrella for getting the best out of the existing infrastructure”.

It asked CSIR to explore the possibility of taking forward the suggestions of the Committee in consultation with the concerned departments.
The Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR) Bill, to set up the Academy, was introduced in the Lok Sabha in the Monsoon Session of Parliament in July. The Committee made these recommendations after examining the Bill.

During discussions on the matter, the Committee voiced its apprehension that the Academy would affect the functioning of the existing 504 universities spread across the country.

However, deposing before the Committee, Samir K Brahmachari, Director General CSIR stressed that development of human resources was the primary concern of the government and his mandate was to carry on with industrial research.

“If CSIR laboratories do not get engineering PhDs, they will have to be closed down,” he said pointing out that the Department of Atomic Energy and the Department of Space have already put in place institutions to train human resources.

Brahmachari said the idea to start AcSIR was to create a direct connection between students and the 37 CSIR laboratories and convert CSIR into a system that can train people in areas where no expertise exists in the country but would be required in the future.

It also asked CSIR to ensure that women representatives get adequate representation on the Board of the Academy.

“The Committee hopes that the government would pay due attention to its observations/recommendations while operationalising the provisions of this Bill,” its report said.

Source: http://news.in.msn.com/national/article.aspx?cp-documentid=4699224

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Written by csirindia

December 15, 2010 at 12:54 pm

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