New Delhi: Despite several failures in the past, Union Government is committed to the cause of promoting research in Science and Technology sector. Keeping the priorities of Union Government in mind, the HRD ministry has constituted a high-level advisory committee to look into the possibilities of promoting research in universities and other institutes of higher education in the next five-year plan.

HRD ministry has instructed the advisory committee comprising of Chairman of Jawaharlal Centre for Advance Scientific Research Bangalore Professor Rodam Narsimha, IIT Kanpur Professor Ashutosh Sharma, National Centre for Biological Sciences Professor Vijay Raghvan, Secretary Biotechnology Department Dr MK Bhan and Dr Anil Kakodkar to submit its report in the next four months.

The recommendations made by the committee will help in drafting the policies to promote research in the 12th five-year plan.

According to sources, the committee will examine methods to attract the younger generation towards research, study the problems faced by research scholars and suggest solution.

To ensure that finance does not act as a constraint in research programmes, the committee has been directed to look for ways to attract investors. The committee faces the task of searching long term investments in research sector so that the projects remain undisturbed after the 12th five-year plan.

The committee has been instructed by HRD ministry to explore the possibilities of promoting research through private, public and private-public partnerships.

JPN/Bureau