In an online post early on Thursday, the PSA, Dr K VijayRaghavan sought participation of early and mid-stage Indian researchers from different scientific areas in the formation of a new consultative group of scientists being formed by the office.
The ‘Principal Scientific Adviser’s consultative group’ would include as many as hundred scientists from different scientific backgrounds. The call has also been given to researchers who have moved to industries, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), universities and research laboratories. Their research areas may be basic or applied.
"Write in, saying what strengths one brings. No matter where you are. Please read and respond," urged Dr K VijayRaghavan through his Twitter post, “We will address difficult topics, to regularly get your advice and participation. You are the leaders of the very near future."
Following the post, several scientists on the online community began responding, with queries and applications to be a part of the group. According to the PSA office, as many as 200 scientists have responded so far.
“It is basically an advisory role, so there would be experts from various fields who could be called in for deliberations, web-based interactions and advice whenever a project is going forward. The idea is to create a knowledge platform for exchange of new ideas and developing a strong network of scientists, including young researchers," stated the PSA office.
There are consultative groups for different projects formed by the PSA, for instance one for quantum technologies and biodiversity mission. However, the new group is a larger initiative to cover wide range of subjects like the origins of the universe and of life to, water, drought, energy, environment, waste- management, biodiversity and astronomy.
“Social- scientists, economists, and those from civil society, also please apply. You all will be a sounding-board and a source of advice on how we should deal with the present, for our future," said the PSA.