Skip to main content

Significant Achievements of the Ministry of Science & Technology

The Central Government has taken a no. of measures for strengthening S&T and Innovation Infrastructure in the country. The Academy of Scientific & Innovative Research Bill, 2011 was passed by both Houses of the Parliament during the winter session and received assent of the President of India on 6th February, 2012. The Academy will focus on research and training in areas not ordinarily provided by the existing universities in the country. The curricula, pedagogy and evaluation will be innovative and directed towards creating highest quality personnel in trans-disciplinary areas. 

The Government has approved the setting up of the Bio-technology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) in order to stimulate and enhance the innovation capacity of the industry and to promote and sustain Public Private Partnership. Established as a section 25 company, BIRAC will provide end-to-end services to the industry, mainly startups and SMEs. The National Data Sharing and Access Policy (NDSAP), was approved and notified by the Government. It aims at promoting a technology-based culture of data management as well as data sharing and access between government departments and the civil society. The policy reflects the Government’s commitment to transparency and efficiency in governance. 6.2 lakh school students in the 10-15 age group have been given Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) awards. Over 1 lakh interns in the 16-17 age group have been supported under the INSPIRE scheme while more than 10,000 scholarships in the 17-22 age group, 1,200 doctoral fellowships in the 22-27 age groupand nearly 50 faculty awards in the 27-32 age group have been provided. Nearly half of the total recipients of the awards were female, while about three quarters of these awards were given to weaker sections of the society.

New products & services 

Through a public-private partnerhsip,CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories has designed and developed the CNM5, a 5- seater all-metal aircraft, capable of carrying two stretchers. The aircraft was test flown in the first week of September, 2011. The CNM5 is designed to meet the latest global standards, while operating in environments with limited infrastructure at extremely low costs per seat mile. A district-level agro-meteorological advisory service covering 560 districts has been made operational for farmers encompassing a 5-day weather forecast and advisory on agricultural practices. About 30 lakh farmers have subscribed to the services for receiving the information through mobile phones. A fishing zone advisory system has also been set up to provide timely information to the coastal fisherman community on the fish abundance locations and local weather conditions. The Indian Tsunami Warning System has been made capable of issuing tsunami warning for India and the Indian Ocean Rim countries within 8 minutes of occurrence of the earthquake in the Indian Ocean, and has been recognized as Regional Tsunami Service Provider for the Indian Ocean Region. CSIR-CSMCRI has developed a defect free high flux hollow fibre membrane based technology for water disinfection and purification at affordable cost using polymers and their blends. The technology has been transferred for commercial exploitation.

A totally indigenous and environmental friendly technology, for conversion of seawater into potable drinking water has been developed, demonstrated and commissioned at select island territories and coastal power plants. During the year 2011, two more desalination plants of 1 lakh litre capacity were established one each in Minicoy and Agatti, in March, 2011 and August

2011, respectively.

Space programme 

There were four successful launches of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) during the year. A number of satellites were placed in orbit during these launches, including Resourcesat-2, GSAT-12, RISAT-1, the Indo-French satellite Megha-Tropiques, the Indo-Russian satellite Youthsat, two satellites for Indian educational institutions and two satellites for international customers. In addition, the advanced communication satellite GSAT-8 was launched from French Guyana using a foreign launch vehicle. The development of the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) for launch of satellites into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit made a major breakthrough with the successful test of the indigenous cryogenic engine. The development of the GSLV Mark III, for launch of larger satellites, also achieved significant progress with the successful static tests of the solid booster and the liquid core stage. The President of India inaugurated a new Mission Control Centre and Launch Control Centre at Sriharikota on January 2, 2012. The Satish Dhawan Supercomputing Facility at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Thiruvananthapuram was fabricated for solving complex aerospace problems. This is considered to be India’s fastest supercomputer in terms of theoretical peak performance of 220 Trillion Floating Point Operations per second.

Source : Press Information Bureau


Popular posts from this blog

Union HRD Minister to Release NBT-NCAER Study on Reading Habits of the Literate Youth of North-East India

Youth of North-East India: Demographics and Readership (Highlights) Union Human Resource Development Minister Dr M  M   Pallam   Raju ,  will release a report  Youth of North-East India: Demographics and Readership  in New Delhi tomorrow,  20 th  November, 2012. Ministers of State for HRD,  Sh   Jitin   Prasada  and Dr  Shashi   Tharoor  would also be present on the occasion. This focused Report attempts to give an analytical and detailed account of the reading habits of the literate youth in the north-eastern states and their exposure to different forms of media, and how diverse socio-economic and motivational factors impact their reading habit. The reading of ‘leisure or non-text books’ among the literate youth is the special focus of the study. The Report is a follow-up study of the  National Youth Readership Survey  (2009-10) assigned to National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) by the NBT under the National Action Plan for the Readership Development amon

IAS Notes

[Updated : 15 Nov 2012 03:15 PM] Indian Polity - Friends, I am restarting the preparation and will by studying WITH all of you. Starting today, I'll be posting chapterwise notes as well Before every subject, I'll be creating a dynamic post such as this one. It'll be updated regularly with the chapter post backlinks on the blog. I'm starting with Indian Polity. Will be starting with Constitution. Check this space or the blog for new posts. Will also be posting questionnaires after each chapter. Keep studying, Keep dreaming, Keep rocking.. Happy Diwali!!

Foreign Institutional Investors (FII)

( Swapnil Patil & IAS OUR DREAM to be credited for this great work... ) What is FII? FII is nothing but Foreign Institutional Investors. Below entities are called FIIs 1. Pension  Funds 2. Mutual Funds 3. Insurance Companies 4. Investment Trusts 5. Banks 6. University Funds 7. Endowments 8. Foundations 9. Charitable Trusts 10.  Asset  Management  Companies 11. Institutional  Portfolio  Managers 12. Trustees 13. Power of Attorney Holders Advantages Enhanced flows of equity capital FIIs have a greater appetite for equity than debt in their asset structure. The opening up the economy to FIIs has been in line with the accepted preference for non-debt creating foreign inflows over foreign debt. Enhanced flow of equity capital helps improve capital structures and contributes towards building the investment gap. Managing uncertainty and controlling risks. FII inflows help in financial innovation and development of hedging instruments. Also, it not