Annual Report 1999-2000
Administrative and Finance
Department of Science and Technology is the
nodal Department of the Ministry of Science and Technology.
The organisational structure of the Department has evolved
over the years to respond quickly to the issues relating to
the promotion and development of Science and Technology in
the Country. It has three subordinate Departments viz. India
Meteorological Department (IMD), National Atlas and Thematic
Mapping Organisation (NATMO) and Survey of India (SOI) under
its Administrative Control. In addition to it, the Department
also supports 16 autonomous research institutions/ other bodies
which are working in diverse areas for the promotion of Science
The Administration and Finance Division of the Department
look after the support facilities for the Subordinate Departments
and Autonomous bodies including the personnel and financial
administration. The activities undertaken by the different
wings during the period under report are given as under :
Recruitment Cell functioning in this department is vested
with the responsibility of making recruitment to Group A scientific
and technical posts from the level of Scientist Grade B (Pay
Scale Rs. 8000-13500) to Scientist Grade G (Pay Scale Rs.
18400-22400) as recruitment to Group A Scientific and Technical
Posts in the Department are exempted from the purview of UPSC.
A scheme called Flexible Complimenting Scheme (FCS) is in
operation in the Department for providing in-situ promotion
to Scientists. Under this scheme, proven record for scientific
research and minimum period of residency in the Grade are
the criteria for promotion. The promotions from Group B to
Group A posts through Departmental Promotion Committees are
however done in consultation with UPSC.
The Parliament Unit is assigned the responsibility to look
after the entire Parliamentary Work of the Department. It
also ensures that the Parliamentary Work pertaining to the
Ministry of Science & Technology is accomplished as per
the prescribed schedule and procedures. The Unit maintains
liaison with the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Secretariats
of Lok Sabha/ Rajya Sabha, other Ministries/ Departments (
including Scientific Departments) with a view to fuly discharging
the Parliamentary obligations of the Ministry of Science &
Technology. This Unit also Co-ordinates the visits of the
Members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee etc. to various
scientific institutions under the administrative control of
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science
and Technology, Environment and Forests met on March 23, 1999
to discuss the Demands for Grants for the year 1999-2000 for
the Department and submitted its recommendations in its 64th
report presented to the Parliament on April 23, 1999. The
action taken report on the recommendations of the Parliamentary
Standing Committee was also submitted to the Secretariat of
the Committee as per schedule.
Welfare Cell of the Department looks after the welfare
of DST Employees. DST/DSIR Benevolent Fund has been established
in the Department and a large number of employees have become
members. Assistance is provided to the embers and their families
to relieve distress from time to time. A Creche with requisite
facilities is also being run within the Department premises
for the benefit of its employees.
The Sports and Recreation Club promotes various indoor and
outdoor activities. The Club regularly takes part in inter-ministerial
tournaments and organises cultural programmes and excursion
tours. This year, the Cricket Team of the Department successfully
participated in the inter-ministerial tournament and athletes
also took part in inter-ministerial Athletic Meet. Besides
this, one of our athletes took part in the International Weightlifting
Event held in Finland. New Year & Millenium 2000 was also
celebrated in the Deaprtment.
Promotion of Official Language
For implementing the Official Language Policy
of thr Government, there is a full fledged Hindi Section in
the Department. During the year, concerted efforts were made
for implementing the provisions of Official Language Act,
Rules made there under nad orders/ instructions issued by
the Department of Official Language from time to time regarding
progressive use of Hindi in the Official Working of the Government
of India. During the year, the following work was carried
- All general orders, Annual Report, Performance Budget,
Cabinet Notes, Agreements etc. continued to be issued bi-lingually
i.e. both in Hindi and English.
- Letters received in Hindi were invariably replied in
- Incentive Scheme for original noting/ drafting in official
work in Hindi is in vogue in this Department and during
the year, 6 employees were awarded under this scheme.
- For encouraging the Officers of DST to give more and
more dictation in Hindi, an incentive scheme is also in
- The period September14, 1999 to September 14, 2000 is
being celebrated as Rajbhasha Swarna Jayanti Year. With
a view to create greater awareness of Official Language
Policy during this period, special competitions viz. Translation,
Slogan Writing, Painting etc. were introduced during Hindi
Pakhwada besides other competitions such as Debate, Essay
Writing, noting/ drafting which are normally held. All the
competitions received enthusiastic response.
- Four meetings of the Official Language Implementation
Committee were held during the year and follow-up action
was taken on the recommendations made in these meetings.
- During the year, 12 Oficers were nominated for training
in Hindi Prabodh, Praveen and Pragya Classes and two were
nominated for training in Hindi Typing.
- Work regarding reconstitution of Hindi Salahakar Samiti
of the Ministry of Science & Technology is in progress.
- It has also been decided to bring out two special isues
of in-house Hindi Magazine "Tarang" during the
- For promoting use of Hindi in day-to-day work, 3 Hindi
workshops including a special Hindi Workshops for Scientists
were organised during the year.
With a view to encourage original writing in
Hindi, the Department of Science & Technology has introduced
"Dr. Meghnad Saha Award Scheme" since 1987,. Under
this scheme, action is being taken for rewarding authors of
original books on Scientific Subjects in Hindi.
DST has a total number of 236 Group A and Group
B Officers on its rolls. A detailed break-up is given as under
Group General SC ST
PH OBC Total
Scientific 139 11 02 -- 01 153
Non-Scientific 30 02 -- -- -- 32
Scientific 11 01 -- -- -- 12
Non-Scientific 37 01 01 -- -- 39
DST has a total number of 412 non-gazetted
staff on its rolls. The detailed Groupwise break-up is given
Group B 82 14 05 03 01 105
Group C 128 29 06 03 07 173
Group D 57 66 09 02 -- 134
A brief description of the activities undertaken
by DST Library is given as under:
DST Library continued building up its collection by acquisition
of new books/ journals as per the requirements of the Officers/Staff
Members of the Department. During the period under review,
the Library procured, processed and made available 614 books/
monographs. The total number of books available in the Library
has risen to over 22,000.
Besides this, the Library subscribed to around
110 national/ international scientific and technical journals
and around 100 such journals were received on gratis.
Updation of Online Catalogue:
The Online catalogue of Books available in the Library was
updated continuously and the total number of machine-readable
records now stands at over 13,000.
Documentation Services: Besides making available
books/monographs to its users, the Library continued meeting
the day-to-day information requirements of the Officers/ Staff
Members of DST/DSIR by providing a number of Documentation
Services such as Current Awareness Service, Newspaper Clipping
Service, Photocopying Service, Conducting Literature Surveys
on Topics of special interest to users etc.
In addition to meeting the information requirements
of its users from its own resources, the Library tapped the
resources of other Libraries by cooperating with them through
Interlibrary Lending. The Information Services were also provided
to the users by conducting information searches on the Internet
Search Facility available in the Library. During the period
under report, around 35 information searches were conducted
and the exhaustive information output was given to the users.
The use of this facility will be expanded during the coming
Science and Technology Exhibition Cell
For the promotion and dissemination of scientific
information, a science and technology exhibition cell is working
in the Department. An exhibition was organised on the occasion
of "National Consultation on S&T for Women
a new millenium Dialogue" during December 20-21, 1999.
The Integrated Finance Division (IFD)
of DST has been entrusted with the responsibility of providing
advice and support on all financial matters and monitoring
the progress of expenditure on various activities. The DST
was allocated an amount of Rs. 298.00 crores (Plan) and Rs.
359.25 crores (Non-Plan) for the year 1999-2000. The Budget
for 2000-2001 is Rs. 779.81 crores ( Rs. 352.00 crores Plan
and Rs. 427.81 crores Non-Plan).