Padma Bhushan Dr Vijay Kumar Saraswat, the member of NITI Aayog, former DG, DRDO and Secretary, Department of Defence (R&D), visited Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) on 2nd October. He addressed a senior group of scientists and engineers from Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), who were attending a management development program for the last two weeks. Dr Saraswat was welcomed by the ASCI Director General Mr. Ravi Kant.

While recalling his earlier visits as a participant and subsequently as a speaker, Dr Saraswat praised the work done by ASCI in the fields of management development and public policy. Hailing the contribution of ASCI in nation’s development, Dr V K Saraswat asked ASCI to partner with NITI Aayog on “How to manage Indian science for economic and social impact in India?”

He urged upon the scientists to harness technology for nation building and benefit of the mankind. He emphasized on the culture of ‘Science for Society’. In the Innovation ladder the Scientists and Researchers should endeavour to make a Prototype and then aim for commercial production with competitive edge. There should be social & economic impact of research, he said. The new role should be Scientist – cum – Development engineer. The publication of research papers alone is not enough. The senior managers in Science & technology organizations should transition from technology to managerial role and ASCI has been enabling this transition well.

Dr Saraswat narrated personal experiences about how a scientist should nurture decision making abilities and be sensitive to the stakeholder needs. He emphasized that a good scientist must aim for techno-economic application of research. The three Pillars – Academic Institutions, R&D Labs and Industry, should not work in silos rather they should collaborate with each other for synergy and contribution to the society. We should evolve a culture of working in Mission Mode approach, where attainment of goals is important than individual contribution and glory.