Science Careers Blog

August 10, 2007

India Puts its Rupees on the Table

As Science Careers pointed out in April, India gives a high priority to research and development as a cornerstone of its future economy, and a report in the news section of Science (subscription required) provides more evidence of it. Among today's 1.1 billion Indians, only 9.2 million are higher education students. To push that number up, last week the Indian government announced a plan to invest $33 billion over the next 7 years to add 8 elite Indian Institutes of Technology, 20 regional engineering schools, and many other campuses devoted to research, computing, and management. And there's something for the current crop of science trainees: a 50% increase in starting stipends for graduate students and postdocs.

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