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Department of Science & Technology (DST)

Department of Science & Technology (DST) was established in May 1971, with the objective of promoting new areas of Science & Technology and to play the role of a nodal department for organising, coordinating and promoting Science & Technology activities in the country.

Responsibilities of DST

DST has major responsibilities for specific projects and programmes as listed below:

  • Formulation of policies relating to Science and Technology
  • Matters relating to the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Cabinet (SACC)
  • Promotion of new areas of Science and Technology with special emphasis on emerging areas
    • Research and Development through its research institutions or laboratories for development of indigenous technologies concerning bio-fuel production, processing, standardization and applications, in co-ordination with the concerned Ministry or Department
    • Research and Development activities to promote utilization of by-products to development value added chemicals
  • Futurology
  • Coordination and integration of areas of Science & Technology having cross-sectoral linkages in which a number of institutions and departments have interest and capabilities
  • Undertaking or financially sponsoring scientific and technological surveys, research design and development, where necessary
  • Support and Grants-in-aid to Scientific Research Institutions, Scientific Associations and Bodies
  • All matters concerning
    • Science and Engineering Research Council
    • Technology Development Board and related Acts such as the Research and Development Cess Act, 1986 (32 of 1986) and the Technology Development Board Act, 1995 (44 of 1995)
    • National Council for Science and Technology Communication
    • National Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board
    • International Science and Technology Cooperation including appointment of scientific attaches abroad (These functions shall be exercised in close cooperation with the Ministry of External Affairs)
    • Autonomous Science and Technology Institutions relating to the subject under the Department of Science and Technology including Institute of Astro-physics, and Institute of Geo-magnetism
    • Professional Science Academies promoted and funded by Department of Science and Technology
    • The Survey of India, and National Atlas and Thematic Mapping Organisation
    • National Spatial Data Infrastructure and promotion of G.I.S.
    • The National Innovation Foundation, Ahmedabad
  • Matters commonly affecting scientific and technological departments/organisations/ institutions e.g. financial, personnel, purchase and import policies and practices
  • Management Information Systems for Science and Technology and coordination thereof
  • Matters regarding Inter-Agency/Inter-Departmental coordination for evolving science and technology missions
  • Matters concerning domestic technology particularly the promotion of ventures involving the commercialization of such technology other than those under the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research
  • All other measures needed for the promotion of Science and Technology and their application to the development and security of the nation
  • Matters relating to institutional Science and Technology capacity building including setting up of new institutions and institutional infrastructure
  • Promotion of Science and Technology at the State, District, and Village levels for grass- roots development through State Science and Technology Councils and other mechanisms.
  • Application of Science and Technology for weaker sections, women and other disadvantaged sections of society

Scientific Programmes

Scientific & Engineering Research

Technology Development

International S & T Cooperation

International S & T Cooperation

S & T for Socio Economic Programme

Technology Missions Division

Women Scientists Programs

  • Women Scientists Scheme
    • Women Scientist Scheme-A(WOS-A): Research in Basic/Applied Science
    • Women Scientist Scheme-B (WOS-B): S&T interventions for Societal Benefit
    • Women Scientist Scheme-C (WOS-C): Internship in Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) for the Self-Employment
    • Knowledge Involvement in Research Advancement through Nurturing (KIRAN)
    • Consolidation of University Research for Innovation and Excellence in Women Universities (CURIE)
  • Indo-U.S. Fellowship for Women in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) jointly with Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF)

Autonomous Science & Technology Institutions

Attached Institutions

Useful Links

Source :  Department of Science & Technology (DST)

 



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