Clockwise from top L-R: Dr Krishna Ella, CMD, Bharat Biotech, member of the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Prime Minister of India; Dr PM Murali, president, ABLE; and Mr KV Balasubramaniam, MD, Indian Immunologicals
The plan to double the public and private R&D expenditure in the 12th Five Year Plan period is a move in the right direction to sustain the tremendous momentum achieved in the past decade in various fields of science and technology. The science agencies have been in the forefront of promoting scientific excellence through proactive policies and reforms for achieving the desired positive impact on the society.
Modifications that can be addressed as we go forward:
Without doubt it is a visionary and aspirational document; however, the plans outlined by the funding agencies which are by and large a continuum of their ongoing mission to promote science and technology in the country with modifications going forward will make it formidable.
Even though there are certain intrinsic problems, programs like INSPIRE (DST), BIRAP (DBT) and Public Private Partnership Policy initiation of Scientific Advisory Committee of Union Cabinet (Dr Chidambaram) are definitely forward thinking in our Scientific Policy Decision during this five years.
- Dr Krishna Ella, chairman and managing director, Bharat Biotech, member of the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Prime Minister of India
ABLE is pleased to note that the emphasis on developing the S&T skills of India are being taken seriously and that the proposed 12th Five Year Plan outlay for DST, DBT and DSIR is expected to increase by 150 percent to approximately Rs 52,000 crore from the Rs 20,500 crore spent in the 11th Plan. Most of the initiatives of the three departments are well thought off and if all goes as per that it will certainly lead to a significant improvement in the Innovation index of India. In the last Plan, approximately Rs 6,000 crore of the total outlay of Rs 26,400 crore has been shown as underutilized and ABLE hopes that in the current Plan, the entire sum of Rs 52,000 crore is utilized.