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Odisha urges Centre to strengthen S&T ecosystem



The Union Government should create an institutional framework for proactive engagement between Centre and states to develop the science and technology ecosystem in the states, Minister for Science & Technology Ashok Chandra Panda, said today.

Participating in the Leadership session of State S&T Ministers’ Conclave held in Ahmedabad, Panda emphasized strengthening the STI ecosystems in the State by promoting research and development, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

The Minister also laid stress on the strategies to synergize State Innovation systems with National Innovation systems.

He suggested that Centre and States go together towards promoting private sector participation in the states. Indicating that a portion of CSR funds may be made mandatory for research and development in the States, Panda also mooted the idea of creating a corpus fund by the States and the Centre.

Outlining various major steps taken by the Department of Science and Technology of the Odisha Government, Panda informed that Rs. 2 crore has been given to the Institute of Life Science (ILS), Bhubaneswar for establishment of Bio-incubation Centre and to strengthen research infrastructure to support Startups. Presenting some State-specific schemes, he sought more support from the Centre.

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