Dr R A Mashelkar, director general of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, the largest chain of industrial research and development institutions in the world, with 38 laboratories and about 22,000 employees, believes that India is poised to become the largest ‘knowledge producer’ in the world.
“Even if India does not do anything it is inevitable that we will emerge as the knowledge power in the next 5-10 years. If you look at our successes in the past and our emergence in the field of software technology, then this is fairly clear,” says Dr Mashelkar.
Dr Mashelkar divides the post independence era successes into four major sectors: the green revolution (agriculture), the white revolution (milk), the blue revolution (space) and the grey revolution (software).
“Indian science is at a crossroad. Despite the successes, science is not the first choice for young people in the country. The number of quality scientific publications in the country has also remained the same in the last two decades. The demand of science from the industry is also low,” adds Dr Mashelkar.