Whatever the history of the MPCST, I am now looking ahead. I have chalked out a three-point future plan. The first thing is to streamline internal system and processes, mainly by restructuring various sections. This would be done in two weeks.
The second priority is to get right funding support from the State and Central governments. And the third and most important- thing is to identify exact areas in science research and application, which would have lasting impact on economy of the State.
The biodiversity and the bio resources of the State are its USP. Through value addition, we are seeking to take its benefits to the grassroots.
I have no hesitation in admitting that the system – the bureaucracy as well as politicians – created more hurdles than paving the way for progress of the council.
As a result, the council could make only limited impact in some areas. The recognition and priority due for science and technology have been missing, and this resulted in MP trailing behind other states.
However, I look at the council with some sense of satisfaction as it has moved in several directions during the last 25 years.
Several successive governments lent some support but in bits and pieces. But this scenario is not an isolated case for the MPCST.
All councils in the country are facing more or less same problem. We would try to impress upon the government to accord higher priority to science and technology and give the council requisite financial and policy-based boost.
This would help in better utilisation of abundant natural resources in the State for improving the peoples’ lot. With proper commitment within the council and from the government, the State can move to front rank in terms of science and technology in next five to ten years.