Friday, November 12, 2010

Sibal vows synergy between HRD and science ministries

On his first day of assuming temporary charge as the science and technology minister, Union human resource development (HRD) minister Kapil Sibal infused activity in the otherwise lacklustre ministry. He promised to bring synergy between his two ministries. An alliance between them will be established in a month.

"I think human resource development and science and technology are linked to an extent. Education is the foundation and it is of various kinds," Sibal said. The minister said currently funding for science education came from various sources like the University Grants Commission (UGC) and scientific departments.

Thus, sometimes different projects with similar aims are funded by various departments. It is better to have a common funding mechanism. "In the HRD ministry, I had interactions with all the science and technology secretaries," he said, indicating the issue had been in his mind. "In fact, science and technology should be embedded in all ministries," he added.

Sibal takes charge of the ministry after about a year and half. In his previous stint in the ministry, he had energized the ministry by announcing several initiatives and regular interaction with the media. On a lighter vein, Sibal said: "This is a temporary assignment. But I do temporary jobs in a permanent manner." Sibal also met U.K. science minister David Willetts and discussed cooperation between the two countries and an initiative on food security and sustainable crop production research for international development.

Source: Mail Today, November 12, 2010
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