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Scientific advisory council to Prime Minister constituted

By Our Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI, JAN. 25. The Centre today announced the constitution of a 28-member Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (SAC-PM) headed by chemical scientist, C.N.R. Rao.

The members, who would advise the Prime Minister on all issues relating to science and technology development in the country, have been chosen to cover a wide range of fields and different sectors including government research centres, academic institutions and the industry.

R. Chidambaram, nuclear scientist and Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet (SAC-C) would also be a member. He would act as a bridge between SAC-PM and SAC-C. While the SAC-PM would formulate policies on various aspects of science and technology, the SAC-C would be responsible for implementing its recommendations.

This arrangement would be the first of its kind.

In the SAC-PM, industry would be represented by Swati Piramal, chief scientific officer, Nicholas Piramal, Kiran Karnik, president, National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), V. Sumantran, executive director, Tata Motors and Satish K. Kaura, chairman and managing director of Samtel Colour Limited.

The academia would be represented by Ashok Jhunjhunwala of IIT, Chennai, Goverdhan Mehta, Director, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, R. Narasimha, Director, National Institute of Advanced Institute, Bangalore, P. Balaram, Chairman of IISc's Division of Biological Sciences, M.M. Sharma, former Director, University Department of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, K. Vijayaraghavan, Director, National Centre for Biological Sciences, T.V. Ramakrishnan, Department of Physics, Banaras Hindu University, P. Rama Rao, Chairman, Board of Governors, National Institute of Technology, Calicut and Sanjay G. Dhande, Director, IIT, Kanpur.

The members from Government-run research institutions would be Baldev Raj, Director, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam, Bikash Sinha, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkatta, and S.E. Hasnain, and E.A. Siddiq of the Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, Hyderabad.

M. Natarajan, Scientific Adviser to the Defence Minister, Anil Kakodkar, Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy, and Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission, Madhavan Nair, Secretary, Department of Space and Chairman, ISRO, V.S. Ramamurthy, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, M.K. Bhan, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Harsh K. Gupta, Secretary, Department of Ocean Development, R.A. Mashelkar, Director-General, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, N.K. Ganguly, Director-General, Indian Council of Medical Research, and Mangala Rai, Director-General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, would be the other members.

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