Thursday, January 11, 2007

Give incentives to Scientists - PM

India's top sceintists last month rang alrm bells, pointing the steady attrition of scientists from Government institutions to the the private sector.

Responding the crisis Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday advocated incentivising research productivity of scientist and greater freedom for the bright young sparks.

"We can consider incentive payments related to the research productivity of scientists measured in terms of a variety of criteria" Singh added at a meeting of the CSIR Society on Wednesday. The PM also called for a review of the efficacy of the existing arrangements that provides for handling consultancy project and selling intellectual property right.

"Talent in today's world is very mobile" he acknowledged, noting the "concern" among leaders in the science and technology community about attrition of scientists to the private sector.

The PM's prescription went deeper into problems afflicting research in the country. For, one he made clear that scientists playing the role of administrators at research institutes may not always be a very good idea and suggested "managerial reform" at CSIR as well as other universities.

This also shows growing opinion among leaders and scientific community that Scientists should get some thing special by the Sixth Pay Commission.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Pay Commission started studies

It is learnt that the Sixth Pay Commission has initiated the studies for reaching some conclusion in the pay related matters. Floowing studies are being taken right now:

The first study is being done by by Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A). It is to be recalled that one of the member of the commission is Prof. Ravindra Dholakia, who is from IIM-A. We will go through these studies in the comming months.