Prithviraj Chavan: no dearth of money for basic research in India

Kolkata, Sept 6 (Calcutta Tube/IBNS) Prithviraj Chavan, Minister of State (I/C) for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, on Saturday said there will be no dearth of money for basic research in the country.

But, the Vice President of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) said that the result of the research should always be provided to the industry so that the benefit of it reaches the poorest of the poor.

Chavan was addressing the Diamond Jubilee celebration of the Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute (CGCRI) here.

“Let us dream together and contribute to the future of scientific development of the nation,” Chavan said.

Chavan has underlined that the right balance between basic research and industrial/commercial orientation should be there.

“Scientists can no longer sit in their ivory towers,” he commented.

Addressing a press conference after the inaugural programme, the Minister stated that the recently established Scientific and Research Board (SERB) will act as the nodal agency for funding of research for both public and private sector.

He assured that fundamental research facilities will be expanded hand-in hand with private sector. “Any way it should reach the common people”, he iterated.

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