News & AnalysisNewsmaker Interview: C. N. R. Rao

Top Indian Chemist Helps Make the Case for Science Windfall

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Science  13 Jan 2012:
Vol. 335, Issue 6065, pp. 157
DOI: 10.1126/science.335.6065.157

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In an interview with Science, chemist C.N.R. Rao, science adviser to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, talked about the need to create a critical mass of capable scientists in India to prevent the country from losing ground to China and other nations. He bemoaned the deterioration of India's academic institutions and its tendency to steer talented individuals into information technology. He also worried that scientists are losing ground to activists.