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 S&T activities in the
country. The Department has major responsibilities for specific projects and programmes
as listed below:
- Formulation of policies relating to Science
- 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
(ii) Research and
Development activities to promote utilization of by-products to development
value added chemicals.
- Coordination and integration
of areas of Science & Technology having cross-sectoral linkages in which
a number of institutions and departments have interest and capabilities.
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
(a) Science and Engineering Research Council;
(b) 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);
(c) National Council for Science and Technology
(d) National Science and Technology Entrepreneurship
(e) 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);
(f) Autonomous Science
and Technology Institutions relating to the subject under the Department
of Science and Technology including Institute of Astro-physics, and Institute
(g) Professional Science Academies promoted
and funded by Department of Science and
(h) The Survey of India, and National Atlas and Thematic
(i) National Spatial Data Infrastructure
and promotion of G.I.S;
(j) The National Innovation Foundation,
- Matters commonly affecting Scientific and technological departments/organisations/
institutions e.g. financial, personnel, purchase and import policies and practices.
Information Systems for Science and Technology and coordination thereof.
regarding Inter-Agency/Inter-Departmental coordination for evolving science and
- 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.
relating to institutional Science and Technology capacity building including setting
up of new institutions and institutional infrastructure.
of Science and Technology at the State, District, and Village levels for grass- roots
development through State Science and Technology Councils and other mechanisms.
of Science and Technology for weaker sections, women and other disadvantaged sections