Frequently Asked Questions
is the role of DST in societal development?
A large numbers of interdisciplinary
project of multisectoral nature are supported leading to technological empowerment
and capacity building for sustainable livelihood. DST also has programmes to help
S&T personnel towards self-employment and entrepreneurship.
does the DST programme help students to start up their ventures?
like Science and Technology Entrepreneurs Park (STEP) and Technology Business
Incubator (TBI's) help the students in their startup by providing necessary support
in the form of infrastructure, technical input and academic linkages.
is the critical role of DST?
The DST is the nodal department of
Government in India for the co-ordination of overall R&D programmes of the
Government. The Department is responsible for conceptualization and implementation
of S&T programmes. It formulates S&T policy and advices Government on
matters related to S&T.
- Is their any scheme
for infrastructural development of R&D institutions?
Yes, there is
a fund available for improvement of S&T infrastructure for R&D institutions
under its FIST programme. For further information
- How does DST supports state
level S&T ?
DST has established state S&T councils in almost all
states in the country for planning, coordinating and monitoring S&T activities
at state level
- Is their any web portal for information
Several portal are available, Mention of these portals
are made at appropriate places in this website. Some of the useful portals are
and Society etc
- Is their any programme available
for young scientists?
Yes, Young Scientists can take up R&D Programme,
Eg: Young Scientist Scheme under SERC Programmes
In which fields R&D support is available?
For Physical Science, Mathematical Science, Chemical Science, Life Science and
- Are there any programs for
young students at school level?
Kishore Vigyan Prothoshan Yojana is available
for 10th and +2 students to take up the Research Development as a Carrier. For
more information click
- Is any support available for
commercialization of indigenous technology?
Technology Development Board
is supporting for the commercialization of indigenous technology by providing
grants as well as soft loans .For Further Information click
- What is the role of DST in
Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) ?
DST is providing assistance to S&T
community for patenting their research work, nationally as well as internationally
through Patent Facility Cell.
- What are specific
S&T programmes under National Common Minimum Programme?
programme DST is strengthening S&T Infrastructure, specialized research facility
in high priority areas and S&T mission schemes.
DST recognize exceptional efforts made under S&T in general?
is given through the national award in the fields of S&T entrepreneurship
science popularization, technology development, S&T for women
DST celebrate in a special occasion to felicitate outstanding scientist?
28th Feb has been designated as National Science Day and 11th
May as Technology Day. On both these occasions national awards are given to outstanding
- What support a Scientist/
Technologist / Research Fellows can get on acceptance of their paper in a scientific
The Department of Science &Technology through
its SERC programme provides financial assistance through its scheme "International
Travel Support Scheme (ITS)" for enabling Scientist/ Technologist / Research
Fellows to participate in events abroad. For further information on the necessary
guidelines and formats for the same,
- Are there any programmes
for facilitating collaboration / Exchange Visits programme with any country?
The department has Bi-lateral agreements with considerable number of
countries in specified areas. The collaborative project / Exchange Visits are
available as instruments for the Indian scientists. For further information, click
- Are there any special programme
to encourage Women Scientist?
The department has initiated a women
scientist scheme in the ninth five year plan
For further information, click
- What are the programmes available
for Indian scientist working abroad. Who would like to come back and continue
their work in India?
The department has the following programme
for support research in basic and applied areas:-
What are the different training programmes available for Scientists and Technologists
working with the Govt. of India?
The Department of Science and Technology
in consultation with the Department of Personnel & Training and Planning Commission
has embarked upon an ambitious project of human resource development for scientific
and technical personnel to meet the challenges of national development and international
competitiveness. For further information, click
- What type of support Department of
Science & Technology can provide for organizing National or International
Seminar/ Conference / Workshops/ Discussion Forums in the country?
department has a specific programme for supporting National or International Scientific
and Technological events in the country organized by Academic Institute/ National
Research & Development Institute or Scientific & Technology Professional
bodies. For further information, click
- What are the analytical instrument
facilities available to the researchers in the country?
of Science & Technology has set up Sophisticated Analytical Instrument facility
in different parts of country to provide analytical instrument support to the
researchers in the country. Currently this facility is being used by more than
6000 users. For further information, click
- Does the department ensure
induction of exceptionally bright and motivated students to career in research?
The Department has initiated a National Programme of Fellowship in
Science and Engineering and Medicine to attract exceptionally bright & highly
motivated students in career research. This programmes which inducts students
at various stages starting from 10+2 level assists its students not only to realize
their potential but also to ensure the availability of best scientific talent
for the National Laboratories & Academic Institutions. For further information,
- What is the support available
from DST for building new avenues for educational institutions by enhancing infrastructure
for research and development?
The department has initiated a scheme
"Fund for Improvement of S&T infrastructure - (FIST)" in academic
& educational institutions. The scheme is intended to provide basic infrastructure
and other enabling facilities for carrying out research and development activities.
For further information, click
The department also provides support under the "Intensification
of Research in High Priority Areas - IRHPA" in academic institutions. For
further information, click