National Science & Technology Management Information System (NSTMIS)

ACTIVITIES

NSTMIS undertakes broadly two types of research activities:

  • In-house Research
  • Sponsored Research

In-house Research

  • National Survey on resources devoted to S&T activities in the country.
  • National Level database on Extramural (sponsored) R&D projects.

As an outcome of above in-house research, NSTMIS brings out publications in the area of S&T management.

Sponsored Research

While some of the valuable basic data on input resources into S&T activities were processed in -house, it was felt necessary to involve other interested individuals/organisations to take up studies in the sponsored project mode in order to convert this activity into a very comprehensive and cohesive plan programme to make available Science and Technology indicators. Keeping this in view, the divisional activities were further strengthened during Seventh Five Year Plan (1985-90) by enlarging the scope and including the following :

  • Mismatch between employment and output of S&T personnel.
  • Estimation of short term and long term requirement of different categories of scientific manpower particularly in new emerging areas of S&T.
  • Cross country analysis of S&T personnel.
  • Establishing computerized information system on S&T manpower.
  • Databases on R&D resources, projects, institutions, experts, equipment, other infrastructure facilities.
  • Development of S&T indicators.
  • R&D management and policy issues.

To carry out the above activities the following broad areas were identified for taking up resource studies in the sponsored mode under the NSTMIS scheme viz, S&T manpower, S&T investment, S&T infrastructure, S&T databases, R&D output, R&D productivity/efficiency.

The Plan-wise growth of financial allocation under the NSTMIS Scheme have been:

7th Five Year Plan (1985-90) Rs. 2.5 million
8th Five Year Plan (1992-97) Rs. 30.0 million
9th Five Year Plan (1997- 2002) Rs. 50.0 million
10th Five Year Plan (2002-2007) Rs. 72.5 million
11th Five Year Plan (2007-2012) Rs. 100.0 million
12th Five Year Plan (2012-2017) Rs. 150.0 million

So far, more than 100 projects on the various facets of S&T have been sponsored to various organisations/ establishments and the results of 75 completed projects have already been published in the form of reports.

LINKAGES

NSTMIS division maintains a close liaison with UNESCO, NSF, OECD, etc. for matters relating to S&T statistics and indicators. NSTMIS officers are taken as resource persons by UNESCO for the various workshops conducted by them on standardisation of concepts and terminologies used in S&T statistics. NSTMIS expertise has also been shared with other developing nations like China and Trinidad and Tobago. Apart from this, NSTMIS continually interacts with various national organisations like Planning Commission , Institute of Applied Manpower Research, University Grants Commission, Confederation of Indian Industries and other scientific organisations for exchange of information and expertise related to Science Statistics and Indicators.