ANDHRA PRADESH

Scientific research set to receive a boost

High Moment: Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, T. Ramasami receiving the Dr. Y. Nayudamma Award from Union Minister D. Purandeswari at Tenali on Saturday. —   | Photo Credit: Photo: T. Vijaya Kumar

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Leather technologist Ramasami given the prestigious Dr. Y. Nayudamma Award

TENALI: Research work in science and scientific pursuit at the college and school levels are set to receive a boost through two programmes Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be launching on December 15, says leather technologist and Department of Science and Technology Secretary T. Ramasami.

One million scholarships would given away with an outlay of Rs.2,000 crores to students for scientific pursuit, provided they were among the top one per cent of all State and Central Boards of Education, he said after receiving the prestigious Dr. Yelavarthi Nayudamma Award-2008 here from Union Minister of State for Human Resource D. Purandeswari.

These students would be given Rs.5,000 for three years. Some 10,000 meritorious students from Intermediate to M.Sc. would be given Rs. 80,000 per year, with Rs.20,000 to a mentor during summer attachment programme under the scheme named ‘SHE’.

The investment in the research sector had gone up considerably to 0.7 per cent of GDP with matching investment from the private sector, he said. Internationally, the investment was between 2.5 per cent and 5 per cent on research, with Finland and Israel standing on the top and the U.S. at 2.5 per cent.

Some 1.27 crore students had passed out from schools in 2007 and it was likely to go up to 3 crores by 2030 for which the government was preparing by investing 19.77 per cent of the Budget in higher education to meet the demand then.

Infrastructure

In the past three years, Rs.67 crores was invested in 14 universities to improve research infrastructure under the PURSE scheme of the Department of Science and Technology, he pointed out.

The Union Minister said that the growth rate of India was slow, but stable and reliable compared to 10 per cent of China in a command economy compared to market economy of India. Power supply for industrial growth was the lacuna in India’s infrastructure and that would be addressed with the nuke deal signed with the U.S., she observed.

The Nayudamma Trust founder P. Vishnumurthy and Tenali MLA Nadendla Manohar were also present.