"BANGALORE Eminent Indian science and technology experts have called on the country's premier research institutes to redirect their work towards addressing national development problems and the basic needs of the poor. "

"He was speaking at a centenary conference of the Bangalore-based Indian Institute of Science (IISc), one of India's top science research and teaching institutes, this week (15 December)."

"Pitroda said that Indian scientists tend to be based in major cities, with the result that people living in smaller districts and rural areas have little access to technological advances. He suggested that India appoint at least one senior scientist to work as a chief scientific officer in each of India's 600 districts, to give the poor greater access to technology. "

"Arcot Ramachandran, chairman of The Energy Resources Institute (TERI) in Delhi and visiting professor at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, said there is a compelling need to reconcile the demands of environmental sustainability, economic growth and social progress not only in the country's political community, but also among scientists and technologists."

"Many national and global issues are interlinked, he said, and science and technology should be reoriented to meet these common challenges."

"Ramachandran added that science and technology should bridge the gap between policymakers and multiple stakeholders in exploring alternative ways for sustainable development."

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