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Promoting Science

Regional science councils are burdened with a long list of objectives and little financial help. It is pointless to expect them to function creatively to inculcate scientific temper or to expand the application of science and technology to everyday problems. Punjab's experience is a case in point.

The Nehruvian model of scientific progress held the growth and spread of scientific temper as even more vital than the development of science itself. Thus the efficacy of all scientific institutions lay in their endeavour at relating science to the people and society at large. The setting up of regional science councils was an ernest effort in this direction.

Diverse scientific and technological solutions are required to cater to the variety of local regional problems and expectations in India. Moreover in India’s federal structure the fulfilment of regional ambitions in terms of scientific developments becomes a natural imperative. That is why, along with the pursuit of technological self-reliance at the central level, regional institutions had also to be promoted to address local scientific aspirations. Since 1983, regional science councils have been instituted in 18 states and four union territories.

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