Fo­cus on re­search and de­vel­op­ment to boost In­dia’s growth prospects

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - COMMENT -

Varun Gandhi in Let’s try a new ex­per­i­ment now (Novem­ber 6) is right in say­ing that In­dia should en­cour­age the pri­vate sec­tor to play a vi­tal role in sci­en­tific re­search and in­no­va­tion. This is an area that needs se­ri­ous in­tro­spec­tion. Coun­tries like South Korea, China and Mex­ico have in­vested in R&D and are reap­ing its ben­e­fits. Right from the school level we should en­cour­age stu­dents to take up re­search and simultaneously de­velop R&D fa­cil­i­ties across the coun­try. At present a majority of R&D fa­cil­i­ties are run by the gov­ern­ment. The pri­vate sec­tor must also step in. This will boost In­dia’s growth.

P SENTHIL SARAVANA DURAI, Mumbai

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