The Rajya Sabha has passed Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR) Bill that will pave the way for setting up an academy for innovative research in the field of science and technology.
The bill will enable the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to start an academy to award post-graduate and doctoral degrees after making certain amendments to the parent legislation. The institute to be known as ‘Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research’ will be an institution of national importance.
The bill makes it clear that the Academy would not invoke central laws to deny reservation to SC/ST students.
At present, scientists pursuing research in any of the 37 laboratories of CSIR across the country have to register themselves at different universities.
Responding to the concerns of members, Deshmukh said the main purpose of setting up such an academy of national importance is to stop brain drain and help scientific research within the country.
Members of the BJP and some other parties had voiced concerns over Clause 9(2) of the Bill that referred to employment of persons belonging to SC/ST communities in the Academy.