The first organisation to make its name in the field of basic sciences and is known worldwide for its work and programs offered for the scientific community.
India is one of the first countries in the field of basic research. Indian science is today considered one of the most powerful tools for growth and development, especially in the emerging scenario and competitive economy. With recent developments and new demands on the science and technology system, we need to tackle larger scientific projects that meet tomorrow's national requirements and technologies.
The Department of Science and Technology plays a central role in promoting science and technology in the country. The department carries out a wide range of activities, ranging from the promotion of cutting-edge research to the development of advanced technologies, as well as the satisfaction of the technological needs of the average citizen by developing appropriate skills and technologies.
It supports various scientific projects approved in India by funding it. It also helps several Indian researchers to participate in conferences abroad and to conduct experimental work. Minister of the state Dr. Harsh Vardhan heads the department, while Mr. Ashutosh Sharma is the current secretary.
DST supports open access to science from publicly funded research in India. In December 2014, the DST and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) jointly adopted the Indian Government's Open Access Policy. Few to list organisation under DST Indian Board of Science Education (IBSE BOARD), National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL), National Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasting (NCMRWF).
A lot of funding programs are carried out, one of which is the DST INSPIRE (Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research). The basic objective of INSPIRE is to give young people in the country the enthusiasm for scientific research, to attract talent for scientific studies at an early age and to build up the human resources reservoir that is essential for strengthening and improving performance the system expansion and R & D base.
The three success stories of DST are:
- i) NBIRT: Vision for Tomorrow- an initiative taken for the upliftment and development of rural areas. The strategies were made and the steps were taken to educate the rural people.
- ii) Effective management and gainful utilisation of Lantana Camara- use of this camera for the removal of unwanted shrubs for effective waste management.
iii) AMRIT: Video from Geography and you- a low-cost effective arsenic filter is put into various water supplies which reduces the arsenic content in water and thus, help the people from diseases.
Editor: Anomitra Dey