The Ministry of Science and Technology, during the last three years, has signed Inter-Governmental Science and Technology (S&T) Agreements with 4 countries namely, Kuwait, Georgia, Singapore and Saudi Arabia for undertaking joint research and development programmes.
This information was disclosed in Rajya Sabha recently by Minister of State in the Ministry of Planning, Minister of State in the Ministry of Science and Technology and Minister of State in the Ministry of Earth Sciences Dr Ashwani Kumar.
The Minister assured the house that the Government has taken a number of steps to accelerate the development and promotion of research and development in the country and to speed up the pace of development in S&T. These measures include setting up of new institutions for science education and research, creation of centres of excellence and facilities in emerging and frontline areas in academic and national institutes, induction of new and attractive fellowships, strengthening infrastructure for Research and Development (R&D), encouraging public-private R&D partnerships etc. There are some indicative evidences for enhanced pace of development in S&T in the country such as bring out 36000 scientific communications and filing of about 3000 patents in the year 2010. The Planning Commission has constituted a Steering Committee for planning the accelerated development of S&T.