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Budget Doubling in View for Indian R&D

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Science  14 Jan 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5451, pp. 209
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5451.209

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NEW DELHI-- Indian scientists are cheering the prospect that the country's research budget could leap by 30% this year and then double over the next 5 years. Last week, Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee announced that his government would hike R&D spending to 1% of gross domestic product this year and to 2% by 2005, effectively linking science spending to the country's overall economic growth.