|High Level Meeting on Science & Technology to be Held Tomorrow|
|A High level meeting under the Chairmanship of Dr. Ashwani Kumar, Union Minister of State for Planning, Science & Technology and Earth Sciences is being scheduled tomorrow to focus on key initiatives required in the frontier areas of Science & Technology to acquire a global leadership position in these areas and to harness the nation’s S&T capabilities in furtherance of the XIIth Five Year Plan objectives.|
The meeting will be attended by Dr. R. Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Adviser to Government of India, Dr. K. Kasturirangan, Member (S&T), Planning Commission, Secretaries of Department of Science & Technology, Department of Bio-Technology, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Ministry of Information & Technology, Ministry of Mines and other senior scientists.
The issues likely to be considered in this meeting include:
• Concrete action plan for upgrading our super-computer capabilities.
• Explore steps to give further impetus to Deep Sea Mining and acquisition of the requisite technological capabilities in this area.
• To address issues/gaps with respect to our ability and capability to translate fundamental research into innovative products and services and commercialisation/scaling of technology from Pilot Projects onwards.
• Big ideas for the future like – The Super Microscope, Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), Ocean Acidification and Interstellar Chemistry.