Press Release

  • Budget for Science & Technology

    Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2017

    The Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Science Dr. Harsh Vardhan has expressed happiness for increased allocations for various departments relating to Science & Technology.  Complimenting the Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley on presenting a ‘progressive looking Union Budget’, he said that increased allocations for science & technology are in line with the thinking of the Government to put science and technology to use for the welfare of the people.  Dr. Harsh Vardhan pointed out that there has been nearly an increase of about 10 percent from Rs.33467 crore to Rs.37435 crore.

    Similarly, budget allocations for various departments relating to Ministry of S&T and Ministry of Earth Science have also been substantially increased. They are as below
    DST     :           BE 17-18         - Rs 4836 Cr against RE of Rs 4493 Cr in 2016-17
    DSIR   :           BE 17-18         - Rs 4446 Cr against RE of Rs 4062 Cr in 2016-17
    DBT    :           BE...

  • The Union Minister For Science & Technology And Earth Sciences Dr. Harsh Vardhan released Braille Atlas for Visually Impaired

    Date: Monday, February 13, 2017

    The Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences Dr. Harsh Vardhan released the Special Edition of “Atlas for Visually Impaired (India)” in English Braille today in New Delhi. This Braille Atlas has been prepared by National Atlas and Thematic Mapping Organisation (NATMO) under Department of Science & Technology.

    The Minister expressed happiness at the production of these Atlases. He said these atlases will be distributed to various schools across the country for educating the students with visual challenges.

    Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that all departments of Government will work to implement this. Efforts are being made to make these atlases more cost effective than the current price of Rs.600/- per atlas with 20 maps now. Silk screen printing used to prepare these atlases is unique to India, he added.

    In the Braille Atlas, maps are raised and embossed with simple lines and point symbols to facilitate its users to realize the location and...

  • The Union Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan along with Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent charge) Dr. Mahesh Sharma to survey the historical places and monuments.

    Date: Monday, January 16, 2017

    The Union Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan along with Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent charge) Dr. Mahesh Sharma to survey the historical places and monuments.

    The Union Minister of Science and Technology, and Earth Sciences,  Dr. Harsh Vardhan along with  Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent  charge)Dr. Mahesh Sharma took a tour of his parliamentary constituency Chandani Chowk in order to survey the historical places and monuments under it.

    In addition to officials from Tourism and Archaeological Departments, he was accompanied by Commissioner of North Delhi Municipal Corporation, Public Works Division, Shahjahanabad Redevelopment Corporation, Water Board, NDPL, Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board and senior officials from the Police Department.

    The visit started from the historic Red Fort of Delhi. Dr. Harsh Vardhan has made immense efforts for re-development of Shahjahanabad...

  • Nobel Prize Series India 2017

    Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2017

    PM inaugurates Nobel Prize series

    Hon’ble Prime Minister Sri Narendra Modi inaugurated the Nobel Prize Series Exhibition at Science City in Ahmedabad as part of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2017.

    He greeted the nine Nobel Laureates present on the occasion and hoped that they would inspire the future scientists from all corners of India, who had come together for the occasion.

    He said that it is an ideal platform to engage citizens to learn about solutions to global challenges we face. We will strive to make this Science City a truly attractive, world-class place for young students and science teachers from all over the country and the world to come and be inspired by the exhibits.

    “Our vision in Science and Technology is to make sure that opportunity is available to all our youth. That training and future preparedness should make our youth employable in the best places. India should be a great science destination”, he mentioned....

  • Prime Minister to Meet Nobel Laureates Tomorrow at Ahmedabad with an Objective of Development of India in Mind

    Date: Monday, January 9, 2017

    Science impacts life. The Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi wants to make Science & Technology driving engine for a rapid progress of the country. Over the last one week he reiterated this commitment through various pronouncements and acts. On 3rd January 2017, he addressed the Indian Science Congress at the holy city of Tirupathi and called upon scientists to work for progress of the country through science-

    Shri Narendra Modi followed up this speech  with a meeting of Secretariesto the Government of India, the same evening back in Delhi,  to discuss issues of developing Transport and Communications in the country through adoption of Science. The next day he called a similar meeting of Secretaries of Science and Technology, Energy and Environment. In all these it was a focused discussion at the highest level for development through...

  • Major Developments/Achievements of CSIR, Ministry of Science & Technology during 2016

    Date: Monday, January 2, 2017

     Council for Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) entered 75th year of existence ushering in year–long Platinum Jubilee celebrations which were inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is also the President of CSIR.

    Recalling CSIR’s pioneering inventions, the Prime Minister also held an interactive session with farmers from various parts of the country and launched improved varieties of medicinal and aromatic plants, developed by various labs of CSIR which would help in transforming the rural economy by enhancing the income of farmers.

    Hailing CSIR’s role in building and nurturing the nation’s scientific & technological prowess, he said that starting with the indelible ink which is the hallmark of India’s democratic fabric, CSIR has left an indelible mark on every sphere of life. He urged CSIR to create an 'Ease of doing Technology Business' platform to bring in right stakeholders so technologies reach beneficiaries. 

    The Council...

  • Insertion of LEAP SECOND in the Indian Standard Time

    Date: Monday, January 2, 2017

    Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) -National Physical Laboratory (CSIR-NPL) is the custodian of Indian Standard Time (IST) and has the responsibility for realization, establishment, maintenance and dissemination of IST through an act of Parliament.

    A “Leap Second” is added every now and then to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) in order to synchronize clocks worldwide with the Earth's ever slowing rotation. UTC consists of a time scale that combines the output of more than 300 highly precise Atomic clocks worldwide, including the one at CSIR-NPL. Atomic clocks are very accurate and are stable within 1 second over a period of millions of years. On the other hand, the Astronomical Time known as Universal Time (UT1) refers to the Earth's rotation around its own axis and determines the length of a day. However, the Earth's rotation around its own axis is not regular, as sometimes it speeds up and sometimes it slows down, due to various factors including the...

  • Science & Technology in the Service of Society

    Date: Friday, December 30, 2016

    Major Developments/ Achievements Of Department Of Bio-Technology

    Global Biotechnology Summit on “Destination India”

    A two day Global Biotechnology Summit on “Destination India” held on 5th & 6th February 2016 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi was inaugurated by  Minister S&T. The event showcased India’s Biotechnology strength and capacity and provided an opportunity to bring together all stakeholders to discuss opportunities, collaborations and to prepare a joint action plan for achieving the target of 100 billion US dollars for the Biotech sector by 2020.


    National Biotechnology Development Strategy 2015-20

    The National Biotechnology Development Strategy of the Department of Biotechnology was unveiled by Minister for Science...

  • Major developments/ achievements of Department of Science and Technology – Year End Review 2016

    Date: Wednesday, December 28, 2016

    Major developments/ achievements/ Main highlights of the activities of Department of Science and Technology(DST), Ministry of Science & Technology during the Year 2016 are as following:

    1. National Initiative for Developing & Harnessing Innovation (NIDHI), a programme to address the complete chain of innovation ecosystem right from scouting to  mentoring to scaling up  innovations.  launched by DST.  Establishment of a research park at IIT Gandhinagar has been supported at a cost of Rs.90 cr.
    2. Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) has initiated a new scheme viz.  Visiting Advanced Joint Research (VAJRA) Faculty Scheme. The scheme envisages to associate distinguished international faculty as Adjunct/Visiting Faculty in Indian institutions for a period of 1-3 month in a year. 
    3. Overseas Doctoral Fellowship ...
  • 50 Biotech Laboratories to be established in Senior Secondary Schools of Arunachal Pradesh

    Date: Monday, December 26, 2016

    Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, will set up 50 Biotech Laboratories in Senior Secondary Schools of Arunachal Pradesh under the scheme Biotech Labs in Senior Secondary Schools (BLISS) to encourage young dynamic students. Rs. 75 to 100 crores have been earmarked for the implementing the projects  This was announced by Union Minister of Science and Technology & Earth Science Dr. Harsh Vardhan while laying the foundation stone of the Centre for Bio Resources and Sustainable Development at Kimin, Papum Pare District, Arunachal Pradesh on 22.12.2016. This project will be jointly funded by Department of Bio-Technology and Rural Technology Centre of Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.

    Addressing a public meeting in Kimin after the foundation stone laying ceremony Dr. Harsh Vardhan, expressing his gratitude, said that “we appreciate and we are so proud of the richness of Arunachal Pradesh in terms of its biodiversity and its bio resources...