India’s Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has constituted an Inter-ministerial Working Group to develop a single national Portal titled “Pravasi Bharatiya Academic and Scientific Sampark (PRABHASS)” under the chairmanship of Dnyaneshwar Mulay, PhD., a member of National Human Rights Commission, India and a former career diplomat.
The new body, PRABHASS would work towards effectively engaging with Global S&T community for enriching the Indian innovation ecosystem for networking them with Indian researchers/institutions, provide policy guidance, establish and launch joint collaborative programs/schemes etc., a press release said. This sort of initiative is first of a kind to tap the expertise of overseas Indians for India, in line with Prime Minister Narendra Mody’s vision of “Aatmanirbhar Bharat,” the press release said.
The PRABHASS committee is constituted of officers from various ministries including Sanjeev Varshney, head of the Science and Technology department, Dr. Rajani Kant from Indian Council of Medical Research, A.K. Tyagi from Department of Atomic Energy, N. Ranjana from D.R.D.O., Gopal Raman Iyengar from Ministry of Earth Sciences, M.S. Anurup from Space department, Manish Rana from Department of Biotechnology, Rama Swami Bansal from Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Renu Paul from Ministry of External Affairs along with a member from the Department of Agricultural Research and Education.
“With his vast experience and valuable insights from a long service in the Ministry of external affairs, Dr. Dnyaneshwar Mulay would be able to guide this high level committee to bridge the gap between Overseas Indians and India,” the press release said.