Expressing concern over heavy "dependence" on the Centre for research in the country, governor Shivraj V Patil on Sunday said it was sad that the state governments and private industry did not contribute much to the research and development (R&D) sector.
In a charged-up address on Sunday during the concluding session of the third Bharatiya Vigyan Sammelan and Expo at Lovely Professional University (LPU) here, Patil said participation of the state governments and industry in R&D could have taken the benefits of new inventions to the common man. "In developed countries, the majority of the research is done in industry, and only advance research is the government's domain," he said. "In India, we expect the Centre alone to do R&D."
"The state government is doing something on research front probably, but there is scope for improvement," he said. "Private industry is doing nothing virtually on this front. My mantra is for a united effort to workout low-cost solutions to public problems." Patil said he had met the industry captains who regarded R&D efforts a waste of time and money. "I suggested that they clubbed effort to share the cost of research, which would build our capability and efficiency," he added.
Ashok Mittal, chancellor of the LPU, listened to Patil, as he called upon the Centre, states, and public and private universities, enterprises and individuals to get involved in research on unsorted basic problems. On the demand of liberty to private universities and colleges to run courses of choice and fix fee, the governor said let private educational institutions first reserve 30% seats for the poor. The audience acknowledged the proposal with applause "This is the kind of approval you give to this proposal today," Patil responded. "Time will come when Parliament also will approve it with a similar majority."
Like free market for commodities business in international arena, let knowledge also be a common heritage, said the governor. He asked for free flow of finances and knowledge globally for the accomplishment of tasks with limited money and effort.
When Patil gave away the awards at the end of the science congress and exhibition, chief parliamentary secretary Som Parkash and the vice-chancellor of Punjab Technical University (PTU), Rajneesh Arora, were present.