While questioning the timing of the book launch, Professor Rao said it clearly shows the political motives hidden behind the move at election time. (JPN/Agencies)
"The allegation that Manmohan Singh was a weak Prime Minister with little control over his ministers is absolutely baseless. The book is an attempt to damage Singh's reputation for political mileage," he said speaking at a function organized in Nainital by PAHAR, an academic-cultural organisation to felicitate him for his life time achievements on Sunday.
Rao also said that India needs to invest in education and health to be reckoned among the countries with maximum contribution to research activities.
"The present investment of 2 percent of GDP needs to be enhanced and we need to follow the models of developed countries which allocate around 6 percent of the GDP to education," he said.
Speaking at the function, Professor Rao also stressed at the need for investing in youth and said the allocation of funds for science outreach programme for young students in remote places are not sufficient.
He said time has come when industry needs to come forward to contribute financially for promotion of education and research.
"I have not received a single penny from industry to conduct research in my entire professional career, while in developed countries like USA industries have gained out of investing heavily in the field of research," he said.
While questioning the timing of the book launch, Professor Rao said it clearly shows the political motives hidden behind the move at election time.