National Institute Of Science,Technology and Development Studies

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National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies, New Delhi is devoted to a study of various aspects of interaction among science, society and state. Nistads is one of the 38 institutes/laboratories of the Government of Indias Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi.
Currently, the faculty comprises 45 members (including the Director) out of which 14 are women. This faculty is drawn from a variety of academic disciplines: 35 have a degree in science or engineering while the remaining 10 are from social sciences. This intellectual diversity (as Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar, Director-General, CSIR puts it) is the mainstay of the institute. Research students enrolled in the Institute obtain Ph.D. degree from different universities. Nistads has a vibrant visiting scholars programme, under which researchers from India and abroad are encouraged to spend time at the Institute.
The roots of Nistads go back to August 1973 when the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) set up at its headquarters a Centre for the Study of Science, Technology and Development. On 30 September 1980, the Governing Body of the CSIR approved that the Centre should function as an autonomous Centre with a separate budget. Its objectives would continue to be the same, but it will be autonomous, headed by a scientist of the rank of a Director of a National Laboratory, with its own infrastructure. 30 September 1980 is then the birthday of the Institute (even though the present name came into effect on 1 April 1981).

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