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NKC wants a foundation to fetch Prize

It recommends setting up of NSSF for research work that can win a Nobel for an Indian, reports Chetan Chauhan.

india Updated: Jan 14, 2007 20:54 IST

The National Knowledge Commission has recommended setting up of a National Science and Social Science Foundation (NSSF) for producing research work that can fetch a Nobel Prize for an Indian scientist.

The Commission, in its Report to the Nation 2006, has identified four key areas of concern for the Indian science. They are—lack of interaction, lack of long-term vision, lack of differential remuneration and lack of scientific methods.

"Over the years, inspite of continuing government support, both the quality and quantity of research output from India has been on the decline," the commission said in its Report to the Nation released on Friday.

NKC chairperson Sam Pitroda told HT that quality of Indian scientists in 1950s and 1960s has faded and quality of research in India is not very high. "I think we are following the west. Our scientists should look at things differently so that we have innovations that can serve the world," he said.

To overcome such hurdles, the NKC has recommended that Rs 1,250 crore initiative - that will suggest policy initiatives to develop scientific temper, science and technology - are used for betterment of Indians and to look into new knowledge areas. A similar proposal has already been submitted by the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister.

The foundation, to be first of its kind in the world, should take up 200 to 400 long standing projects with the potential of making India as a leader. "We should expect at least 20 per cent success rate," the report said. In addition to this, the NKC has suggested that the foundation should work towards having at least three to four Indian scientists or social scientists produce work in six years worthy of a Nobel Prize.

As for now, NKC will start consultations for building consensus on its recommendations. "The recommendations will be discussed with the stakeholders," he said. Also, NKC has lined up new technologies, environment, public health, gender, legal access issues, basic access to clean water and food, teacher training and innovation at grass roots level, as areas for future recommendations.

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First Published: Jan 14, 2007 20:54 IST