Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Over 5,000 scientists, working in different central agencies including the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), should mandatorily undertake 12 hours of lecture classes in an academic year in public-funded schools and colleges across the country.
Announcing the decision, Union Science and Technology Minister Jitendra Singh said that the move is being taken up in coordination with the Ministry of Human Resources Development.
The minister said this kind of engagement would be "free of any honorarium" and it would be part of the duty the scientists have already committed to do.
Singh also mentioned that the government is preparing a methodology depending upon the scientists' area of interest, area of excellence and specialisation.
In its attempt to encourage research among women scientists, the minister also announced a special promotion scheme-- KIRAN (Knowledge, Involvement, Research, Advancement through Nurturing) for women scientists. The scheme aims at bringing about, as far as possible, gender parity in the field of science and technology.
Throwing light on other achievements, the minister informed that department of science and technology got approval of Expenditure Finance Committee for India's participation in Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project involving astronomy research institutes in India, US, Canada, Japan and China.

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