The MPCST has always been confused about its role. Unfortunately, the council seems to have lost its vision of basic objectives somewhere and moved in such a haphazard manner that it could not progress much. It is supposed to act as a catalytic agent and a bridge between various scientific organisations already carrying out research, development and innovation work in the State.
However, more often than not, the council considered itself as a research and development organisation and engaged itself in functions carried out by other departments. This caused avoidable duplicity. The department had to take some unpleasant steps to bring the MPCST house in order from time to time.
At present, our aim is to bring the focus back on basic objectives and, to this end, proposals have been made for multiplied budgetary allocations for relevant activities under the Eleventh Five-Year Plan. We are proposing a huge increase in budgets for Patent Information Centre, Management Information System project for natural resources, biodiversity and promotion of science among scheduled castes and scheduled tribes.
The budget proposal for the 11th plan has almost been doubled to Rs 21.15 crore. I am reviewing important schemes every month to ensure that they move in the right direction and prove beneficial to the people of Madhya Pradesh.