Heads of India’s top scientific, administrative bodies have jointly conveyed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that science in India needs a major revamp.
They have proposed an over-arching science and technology body that marries research and industry, and will report directly to the Prime Minister.
“The stature of Indian science is a shadow of what it used to be … because of decades of misguided interventions. We have lost self-confidence and ambition and the ability to recognise excellence amongst our own. In a false sense of egalitarianism, we often chose the mediocre at every level,” said the report, which was vetted by all the secretaries of India’s scientific departments and seen by The Hindu.