Department of Science and Technology (India)

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The Department of Science and Technology (DST) is a department within the Ministry of Science and Technology in India. It was established in May 1971 to promote new areas of science and technology and to play the role of a nodal department for organising, coordinating and promoting Scientific and Technological activities in the country. It gives funds to various approved scientific projects in India. It also supports various researchers in India to attend conferences abroad and to go for experimental works.

Minister of State Dr.Harsh Vardan is head of the department, while Prof Ashutosh Sharma is its present secretary.


  • International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy & New Materials (ARCI)
  • Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC)
  • Vigyan Prasar
  • Indian Board of Science Education (IBSE BOARD)

Established in 1989, Vigyan Prasar (VP) is an autonomous organisation under the Department of Science and Technology whose objectives are to take up large-scale science popularization tasks/activities, to promote and propagate scientific and rational outlook, to act as a resource-cum-facility centre for S&T communication. It publishes a magazine Dream 2047.[1]


  1. ^ Vigyan prasar science portal. Retrieved on 2013-12-06.
 2  Indian Board of Science Education

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