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New Delhi : Reiterating that technology is a strong priority area for the Government, Union Minister for Science & Technology Dr Harsh Vardhan on October 17, 2017,  said that the aim of the Government is to make science people-centric.

Interacting with a visiting US Congressional delegation led by Lamar Smith, Chairman, Committee on Space and Technology, Dr Harsh Vardhan said that technology is the driving force in India. He told the delegation that Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is working on 200 technologies, according to a PIB release.

“There are nearly one million Indian origin scientists and engineers working in the United States,” Dr Harsh Vardhan said. The Minister also said that the process of ‘brain drain’ has now been reversed to ‘brain gain’ as many young scientists have started returning to India. Dr Harsh Vardhan also emphasized that core activities could be scaled up only if the funding is enhanced, according to the PIB release. The two sides discussed ways to further enhance bilateral cooperation in the field of science and technology.

While the Indian delegation was represented by Secretary, Department of Science & Technology, Prof Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Dr M Rajeevan, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Dr K Vijay Raghavan, Director General, CSIR, Dr Girish Sahni and Dr Arabinda Mitra, Head, International Cooperation (Bilateral), the US Congressional delegation was represented by Dana Rohrabacher,  Mo Brooks,  Thomas Massie,  Ami Bera, Brian Babin, Barbara Comstock, Mark Sanford and  Darren Soto.

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