India wants to quadruple scientific output by 2020, says new policy on Science & Technology

The Science, Technology and Innovation Policy 2013, released by the Prime Minister at the 100th Indian Science Congress which began in Kolkata today, wants to position India as one among the top 5 scientific powers in the world.

India wants to double the number of its scientific publication and quadruple the number of papers in the top journals from current levels by 2020, according to a new policy document released by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday.

One of the objectives of the policy is to increase its share of scientific publications from the current 3.5 % to over 7 % and quadruple the number of papers in the top 1% journals from current levels by 2020.

The Science, Technology and Innovation Policy 2013, released by the Prime Minister at the 100th Indian Science Congress which began in Kolkata today, wants to position India as one among the top 5 scientific powers in the world.

Citation impact of Indian publications must improve and match at least the global averages, said the document.

The full policy document is here(pdf).

Some of the focus points of the policy

  • Facilitating private sector investment in R&D centres in India and overseas.
  • Permitting multi stakeholders participation in the Indian R&D system.