Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urged the Indian industry to invest in research and development aimed at boosting science and technology so that young minds are attracted to seeking a career in science. He was inaugurating the 96th Indian Science Congress at the Northeastern Hill University in Shillong. The five-day congress will witness a conglomeration of eminent personalities in science and technology from all corners of the country.
PM announced doubling of the investment in science from one per cent of the national income to two per cent along with new institutes for research in Himalayan glaciology, molecular materials, nano science and technology. He also shared the recent parliament announcement of setting up of a National Science and Engineering Research Board that would work towards formulating plans for scientific research funding in the country.