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

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Making Research Pay

THE CSIR in response to the changing national and international economic, trade and intellectual property environment [has] re-oriented itself to be more user-responsive and market-driven." So reads the preamble to a recent paper presented by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to the prime minister's office, heralding what is termed as a new focus for the premier agency. The paper is said to document changes which are already in place in response to the government's directive that CSIR laboratories should earn at least 33 per cent of their budget allocations. This will further hasten the CSIR's move away from what is seen as basic reasearch to 'applied' research.

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