ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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NEW DELHI- National Labs as Profit-Centres

NEW DELHI National Labs as Profit-Centres BM INDIRA GANDHI's periodic pro- noun cements and exhortations on science and technology arc beginning to sound more and more trite. Her speech at this year's annual meeting of directors of the national laboratories under the auspices of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) excelled in this respect. For the first time, she talked of even closing down some of these laboratories if they continued to make losses. The statement raised many an eyebrows in her audience. The Prime Minister's observation of the need to take the '' hard decision" of closing down some of the laboratories because they do not; make profits was taken to mean that government has now began to regard the national laboratories as commercial ventures.

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