WEST BENGAL STATE COUNCIL OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
The West Bengal State Council of Science & Technology (WBSCST) functioning under the administrative control of the Department of Science and Technology and Biotechnology, Government of West Bengal is the only implementing agency of the important activities of the Dept. The Council, therefore, plays a critical role in the popularization and promotional activities for the advancements of Science & Technology and socio - economic development of the State.
Based on the location-specific Science & Technology needs as identified from time to time, various Research & Development Projects, S&T schemes of its own are being initiated to mitigate or address the problems identified and simultaneously awareness to the public especially among the students are made through different science popularisation programmes and outreach activities. Moreover WBSCST is also taking up different schemes and projects funded by different agencies and some Ministries of the Government of India for the benefit of the public and development of the State.
The Remote Sensing & GIS Cell and of the Council is now providing essential database for formulation of R&D projects of the various Government Departments, Districts and other organizations. The Patent Information Centre of WBSCST is providing service for traditional and innovative technologies of the State with facilitation of G.I. registration for indigenous food, handicraft, textile, agriculture etc. products of the State.
HISTORY AND CONSTITUTION OF THE COUNCIL
At the instance of the Planning Commission, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India launched a scheme entitled Assistance for Development of State Council for Science and Technology in the Sixth Five Year Plan. The main objectives of the scheme were to assist all the States / Union Territories to set up State Councils of Science and Technology which could act as a focal point for the formulation, planning, coordination and promotion of Science and Technology activities within their respective States.
In year 1988 the Government of West Bengal created the Science and Technology Department and accordingly, depending upon the West Bengal Societies Registration Act, 1961 a draft Memorandum for the Society for the West Bengal State Council of Science and Technology was also prepared. In the same year the Council was established to function as an advisory Autonomous Body with the Chief Minister as its Chairman.
At present the Council comprises of 21 eminent members – including Ministers, Ex-Officio Secretaries/ Directors, experts and leading academicians in the various disciplines of Science and Technology, headed by the Minister in charge of the Dept. of ST&BT, GoWB as its Chairman and the Secretary in charge of the same Dept. as its Member Secretary. This Council is reconstituted in every 3 (three) years.
BASIC OBJECTIVES OF THE COUNCIL
Promotion of scientific research in areas appropriate for fulfilment of socio-economic objectives of the Government including the objectives of tackling the problems of backwardness, unemployment and poverty particularly in the rural areas, through society related Science and Technology programmes; Arrangement for holding periodical discussions of the Science and Technology plans of the State of West Bengal and other major issues of Science policies by representatives across - sections of scientists, educationists, policymakers and others
Research and Development (R & D) work on Science and Technology including determination of the pattern of development of scientific and technological research to be followed in the State and the measures needed for correcting imbalance
Coordination of schemes concerning popularization of science, introduction of approved appliances and technology and other allied programmes
To interact with other State and National Science and Technology bodies having similar or related objectives
To identify priority areas of Science and Technology needed for long-term development of the State
To establish, or assist in the establishment of, the infrastructure, institutions, organizations and so on necessary to achieve the aforesaid objectives To take any other steps which are relevant to the promotion of Science and Technology and its application to the developmental need of the State.