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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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