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Funding for R&D at six major scientific agencies has doubled in seven years: Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh

Funding for R&D at six major scientific agencies has doubled in seven years: Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh

There has been a significant rise in the amount of money that six major scientific organizations get to spend on research and development. In 2014-15, the amount was 17406.10 crore, but by 2021-22, that figure will be 37823.69 crores. Scientists in India have had more than double the number of patents for new ideas in the last three years. India has 255 research scientists for every million people, which is less than countries like Korea (7498), Japan (5304), Singapore (2795), Malaysia (2396) and China (1225), but more than Indonesia (216), the Philippines (106), Sri Lanka (106) and other countries in Asia like Indonesia, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka.

Key Highlight:

  • Indian scientists have had more than double the number of patents for new ideas in the last three years.
  • India has 255 research scientists for every million people, which is less than countries like Korea (7498), Japan (5304), Singapore (2795), Malaysia (2396) and China (1225) Dr. Jitendra Singh, the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Science and Technology, said that the government’s amount of money on research and development for the six major scientific agencies has doubled in last seven years.

Indian Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh tells us that the money for research and development has more than doubled in the last seven years.

From 2018-19 to 2020-21, Indian scientists will get a lot of patents for new ideas. The number of patents granted to them has doubled in three years: from 2511 to 5629. Dr. Jitendra Singh is an Indian doctor.

Jitendra Singh, the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Science and Technology, said that the government’s amount of money on research and development for the six major scientific agencies has doubled in the last seven years. The government has spent more money on research and development than it did seven years ago.

According to a written answer to a question in the Rajya Sabha today, the government has always been giving more money to invest in R&D in India, even though it hasn’t been enough.

For the last three years, the Budget Estimate shows how much money each of the six major scientific bodies has been getting.

Agencies2019-20 2020-212021-22
Department of Science & Technology (DST) 5580.016301.536067.39
Department of Scientific & Industrial Research/ Council of Scientific Research (DSIR/CSIR)4895.895385.005224.27
Department of Bio-Technology (DBT)2580.342786.763502.37
Department of Space (DOS)12473.2613479.4713949.09
Department of Atomic Energy (R&D Sector) 6264.146973.787183.44
Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) 1901.762070.001897.13
Total33695.4036996.5437823.69

One crore is one billion.

Dr. Jitendra Singh also said that the number of patents for new inventions given to Indian scientists has doubled in three years. In 2018-19, there were 2511 patents, but in 2020-21, there will be 5629.

It shows how many patents for new ideas were given to Indian scientists by the Indian Patent Office (IPO) over the last three years.

Patent granted

2018-192019-202020-21
251140035629

The Minister said that the number of research scientists per million people in India is 255, which is less than countries like Korea (7498), Japan (5304), Singapore (2795), Malaysia (2396) and China (1225), but more than Indonesia (216), the Philippines (106), Sri Lanka (106) and other Asian countries.

The government has taken many steps to encourage scientific research in the country, such as increasing the amount of money the government spends on research and development, setting up new institutions for science, education, and research, and setting up Centers of Excellence and facilities in emerging and frontline areas of science and technology in academic and national institutions, among other things.

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