Hyderabad, Oct 28 (PTI) Union Minister of State for Science and Technology, Y S Chowdary today said he is passionate about setting up an institute that would focus only on research and will create a big impact as well as help people.

“My biggest focus today, and passion, is to create a institute which will only focus on research which will impact the world, change the perception of Indian research capabilities ? from conceptualisation to execution, to collaboration to funding, to commercialisation, creating patents and IP, and further down, to get commercialised and reach the market,” he told PTI in an interview.

He said he always wondered why no Indian living and working in India wins the Noble Prize in the category of science though the country possessed immense talent.

“One of the biggest thoughts I have, especially around the September-October time last few years, is why no Indian living and working in India wins the Noble Prize, especially in the Sciences category of physics, chemistry and medicine. We have the scientists of the highest calibre – we have the funnel for talent ? primary and high schools that lay strong foundations for science and math – great institutions of graduation and post-graduation, and we have high quality research institutions. And we have several examples of Indian-born and educated scientists becoming Noble Laureates with their work in the USA,” Chowdary said.

The endeavour of the NDA government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to restructure science and technology, research and innovation and promote entrepreneurship so as to create jobs and “unleash MSMEs”, he said.
“Modi governments biggest contributions in this context will be to restructure our science and technology, research and innovation, and entrepreneurship and startups eco-system as to create jobs, new industries, unleash MSMEs, lead Make in India; and on the other hand, to create a Nobel Prize winning integrated premier research lab ? with a tangible goal for 2035,” he said.

The government is continuously taking stock of the gaps and mismatch between requirements and expectations vis-à-vis ongoing R&D focus, the Union Minister said.

“We are continuously taking stock of the gaps and mismatch between requirements and expectations vis-a-vis current R&D focus. While showcasing what has been done so far, we are taking corrective measures to change the course, wherever we find misplaced priorities. This is a non-monetary measure.” (MORE) PTI SJR RS DK AMS JMF

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