Cabinet nod for CSIR Academy

The CSIR is all set to start an Academy that will enable it award post-graduate and doctoral degrees from this year without spending a single paisa on capital expenditure.

Updated: Jun 17, 2010, 15:58 PM IST

New Delhi: The Council for Scientific and
Industrial Research (CSIR) is all set to start an Academy that
will enable it award post-graduate and doctoral degrees from
this year without spending a single paisa on capital
expenditure.

The Union Cabinet, at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh today, approved the CSIR proposal to set up an
Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR).

Currently, scientists pursuing research in any of the 37
laboratories of CSIR across the country have to register
themselves at different universities.

Once the AcSIR is set up, it would enable registration of
such researchers. In addition, the academy will also award
post-graduate degrees.

"The Academy will primarily focus on research and
imparting training in areas that are not ordinarily provided
by the existing universities in India," Information and
Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni told reporters while
briefing on the Cabinet meeting.

A Bill to set up the Academy will be moved in the Monsoon
Session of Parliament, she said.

The objective is to stem the growing shortage of skilled
manpower in the science and technology industry and the
dwindling numbers of PhDs per annum.

The academy is expected to produce 1,000 PhDs in science
and technology and about 120 PhDs in engineering annually from
the fifth year onwards.

With its headquarters in Noida, the institute is
envisaged as a set-up that will network between the 37 CSIR
laboratories, pool resources and faculty across these to
create a national level academy with a strong research focus.
The CSIR has 4,500 scientists in diverse branches of
science and engineering of which 2,500 could effectively be
utilised for activities of the proposed academy.

"While utilising the existing resources and facilities of
CSIR, the Academy will operate on a self sustaining mode. The
recurring expenses will be Rs 19.10 crore in the 11th Plan and
Rs 61.79 crore in the 12th Plan. There will be no requirement
for capital expenditure," Soni said.

While India produced 8420 PhDs in science and engineering
in 2006, China churned out 22,953 PhDs.

"It has been clearly felt that the present output of
trained post-graduates and doctorates in science and
engineering was far from adequate," a CSIR official said.

PTI