Government funding for research in India is provided and co-ordinated by a number of different organisations. One of the initial aims of the RCUK Office in India is to map the different funding sources and priorities, and provide detailed information on this.
We look forward to developing relationships with the full array of Indian organisations and Government Departments that fund research. Examples of organisations that the UK Research Councils have worked with in the past include:
Department of Science and Technology (DST)
Department for Biotechnology (DBT)
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)
Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR)
Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC)
Ministry of Earth Sciences (MOES)
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)
Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)
A diagram of India's Science and Technology system can be found here. This diagram has been produced by 'New Indigo' an Initiative for the Development and Integration of Indian and European Research. Further information on New Indigo is available here: http://www.newindigo.eu/
In September 2010, India unveiled a roadmap for the country to emerge as a world leader in science in 20 years.
According to the report ‘India as a global leader in science’, India is on its way to becoming an economically prosperous nation moving significantly towards being a far more inclusive society, with the bulk of its population gaining access to facilities for education and health care and living a life with hope and security.
The report emphasises how, in order to realise such a vision, it is essential that science is at the heart of the strategy that the next stage of national development demands.
This report is available here.