Liberate Indian science: PM
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Liberate Indian Science from the shackles and dead weight of bureaucratism and in-house favouritism, said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The PM's tough words came during the inaugural address of the 97th Indian Science Congress at the Kerala University Campus in Karyavattom, near here.Singh took note of Nobel Laureate Dr Venkatraman Ramakrishnan's recent comment on the need for greater "autonomy from red tape and local politics" for Indian scientists. "It is unfortunately true that red tape, political interference and lack of proper recognition of good work have all contributed to a regression in Indian science in some sectors," he said.The Prime Minister urged scientific institutions to introspect and to propose mechanisms for greater autonomy, including autonomy from the government, which could help to improve standards. "We must make a special effort to encourage scientists of Indian origin currently working abroad to return to India. In this way we can convert the brain drain of the past into a 'brain gain' for the future," he said.