Technology at the Core: Science and Technology with Indira Gandhi

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This is a book on science and technology policy making in India during the Indira Gandhi years. It also chronicles facets of Indira Gandhi's decision-making in building a massive and diversified superstructure of scientific and technological capability and capacity. The author highlights key decisions, decisions, incidents and players outside the prime minister's secretariat (including the author's interactions with her) during her second primeministership. It mentions how science and technology policies were made during the second wave of scientific development in India, starting in the late 1960s, which was a result of a fortuitous confluence of personalities, political alignments, and economic and social conditions at a crucial juncture in modern Indian emphasis on indigenous development of science and technology. It was also a time for a systematic and comprehensive look into the ways of making science and technology policies that were cohesive and integrated well with decision-making at all levels of governance centre, state and local. The mix of personalities, anecdotes, processes, institutions and challenges makes for an interesting intriguing and informative book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788131701706
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley
  • Publication date: 11/4/2008
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ashok Parthasarathi is a physicist, electronics engineer and S&T Policy analyst. He has held senior positions in the Government of India, including Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Renewable Energy and Scientific & Industrial Research. He was Science Adviser to Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. He has been the Government of India┬┐s delegate to meetings of UNCTAD, UNE and WIPO. He has provided consultancy fir UN agencies and prepared reports on the acquisition, transfer and development of industrial technologies. He built up the Centre for Studies in Science Policy at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi- the only such centre in South Asia. He has published over 100 papers on issues of S&T policy, and planning and management and has co- edited two books, Pugwash on Self-Reliance (1978) and Scientific Co-operation for Development: Search for New Directions (1988).

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Table of Contents

Message from A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Foreword K. R. Narayanan Narayanan, K. R.



Pt. I My Years in the Department of Atomic Energy

1 In the Department of Atomic Energy (1967-70) 3

Pt. II In the Prime Minister's Secretariat

2 Joining the Prime Minister's Secretariat 29

3 The National Committee on Science and Technology and The Science and Technology Plan 32

4 Electronics 64

5 Atomic Energy 99

6 Space 136

7 Defence 150

8 Council of Scientific and Industrial Research 181

9 Industrial Technology 198

10 Agricultural Research 215

11 Environment 241

Pt. III In the Department of Electronics

12 Mrs Gandhi's Second Term as Prime Minister 281

13 The Technology Acquisition Contract for Remote Telesupervisory and Telecontrol Systems 285

14 The Semiconductor Complex 291

15 The National Silicon Facility 297

Pt. IV Some Reflections

16 Scientists and Civil Servants in the Government 305

17 Mrs Indira Gandhi: A Few Personal Vignettes 309

Index 315

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