Scientists and a wish list for the incoming government

Syllabus: GS-III, Subject: Science & Technology, Topic: Policies and Missions – India and Global, Issue: Reforming research ecosystem

Reforms needed in research ecosystem:

  • Increase in research and development (R&D) spending to at least 4% of GDP over five years, with private sector participation.
  • Modernize physical and intellectual infrastructure of public sector institutions, including universities and research centers.
  • Implement transparent and merit-based hiring processes in educational and research institutions, with a six-month timeline for appointments.
  • Establish a robust science grant management system with less red tape, timely disbursal, and autonomy for scientists.
  • Ensure freedom of speech and action for scientists, allowing for innovation, entrepreneurship, and autonomy in decision-making.
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