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S&T minister asks for India’s first National Science and Technology Research University

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) should make efforts to build the first National Science and Technology Research University of its kind by leveraging the research strength of its autonomous institutions, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said on Saturday.

Speaking to scientists and officials at Technology Bhawan, Singh said the country is now third in the global rankings in terms of research publications

In terms of the quality of research publications in the renowned and recognized science journals around the world, it ranks ninth worldwide, said the science and technology minister.

Although India’s global ranking for research quality has improved from 14 to nine, concerted efforts should be made to get the country in the top five by the 75th anniversary of its independence.

“The Department of Science and Technology should make efforts to establish the first National Science and Technology Research University of its kind by leveraging the research strength of its various autonomous research and development institutions engaged in science and technology,” Minister said .

Singh also noted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s particular focus on science and technology.

Thanks to the Prime Minister’s personal intervention, patent law was made less regulatory and more incentive-oriented in 2016, which not only led to easier work, but also to a shorter time for improving patents.

In addition, the number of patents pending, the number of full-time equivalents (FTE) researchers and the number of women scientists have increased over the past seven years, he added.

The minister stressed the need to focus on an increasing number of beneficiaries in staff-related programs such as MANAK, INSPIRE, doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships.

Stressing the need to project DST’s success stories as India celebrates its 75th year of independence, he asked DST to come up with some big goals and plans for 2022.

It turns out that in the 75th year of independence, the DST is aiming to found 7,500 STI-based startups in 2022, according to a DST statement.

In addition, under the Vigyan Jyoti program, DST will target 75,000 girls who will benefit from the program by 2022, the statement said.