Published On: Tue, Dec 27th, 2011

Parliament approves setting up of Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research

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Parliament of India

Parliament of India

The parliament has approved the setting up of Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (ASIR) by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to award post-graduate and doctoral degrees to scientists working in its labs. The bill proposes to establish an Academy for advancement of learning and pursuing research in the field of science and technology in association with CSIR and to declare ASIR to be an institution of national importance.

At present, scientists pursuing research in any of the 37 laboratories of CSIR across the country have to register themselves at different universities.  The main purpose of setting up such an academy of national importance is to stop brain drain and help scientific research within the country.

The Lok Sabha agreed to the amendments made by the Rajya Sabha to the ASIR Bill, 2011, including the provision that the Academy would not invoke central laws to deny reservation to SC/ST students.

The amendment makes it clear that Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Act, 2006, shall not be applicable to this Academy.