Red tape was impeding the drive of young scientists in the country's premier research institutes, the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) president said here on Tuesday.

“The bureaucratic and hierarchal system is hampering the growth of science in the country,” M Vijayan said while inaugurating a four-day international conference to mark 150 years of the evolution theory of Charles Darwin.

Dr. Vijayan said research institutes in India should be allowed to work autonomously and be more responsive if the country has to compete with nations like China and South Korea, which are front runners in research.

“We need more of a participatory, responsive and less bureaucratic system to excel in the field of science,” he said during the conference, organised by INSA and University of Karnataka.

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