Indian plans boost next generation of scientists
India is to boost science education and research in the country with a fresh drive to attract new students and train the next generation of scientists.
Prime minister Manmohan Singh announced the plan at an annual meeting of Indian scientists earlier this month (3 January).
The plan includes the building of 30 new central universities, five institutes of science education and research, eight institutes of technology and 20 institutes of information technology. A range of other skill-development centres are also planned over the next five years, along with science innovation scholarships for schoolchildren.