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Very good piece.
S S KATIYAR
vice chancellor, CSJM University, Kanpur
Funds given to health care are not sufficient. It is not possible to carry out worthwhile research with this kind of funding. At least six per cent of the total budget should be devoted to health care The delegates did not focus on defence at the conference. People from the defence background, in fact, spoke about non-military uses of military research.
R D LELE
honorary chief physician, Jaslok Hospital, Mumbai
On paper there are excellent plans but their implementaion is zero. The
scientists have to control the politicians and ensure that health plans are implemnted. At the same time money has to be spent on defence. Every
country has a debate between funds for health and defence. Defence cannot be neglected totally.
C M GUPTA
director, Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow
The money allocated to health research is not sufficient but considering the unfortunate situation in the country, it is important that money is spent on defence research. As the scientists who spoke at the conference are eminent people in their field they have presented a correct picture of the research in the country.
director, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad
Unlike health, defence in India is treated as a major mission. It is provided with unlimited funds and no questions are asked about how the money is spent. There is no need to cut down on the defence funds as we cannot compromise on this front. But the research carried out in the field of defence can be used by general public. Space research can be beneficial to both health and agriculture. Money spent on defence should also focus on these two aspects.