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India's Vision: From Scientific Pipsqueak to Powerhouse

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Science  01 Oct 2010:
Vol. 330, Issue 6000, pp. 23
DOI: 10.1126/science.330.6000.23-a

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In a new report, a blue-ribbon panel decries India's systemic failure to capitalize on basic research findings. The report, released last week by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, offers a stinging indictment of India's scientific frailties, noting that science here is "severely hampered by oppressive bureaucratic practices and inflexible administrative and financial controls." Titled India as a Global Leader in Science, the "vision document" also offers a blueprint for strengthening Indian science—one that will require heaps of money to implement.