Sunday, 10 July 2016
eBook from UNESCO Archive | National Science Policy and Organization of Scientific Research in India
UNESCO (1972). National Science Policy and Organization of Scientific Research in India. Science Policy Studies and Documents Series, UNESCO, Paris, 124 pages.
Historical Background of Scientific Development: India's contributions in the field of science during the earlier part of her history are well known. The contributions of Aryabhatta, Susruta, Varahamihira, and Bhaskara are important landmarks in the history of science. However, there was a sudden break in scientific achievements after the twelfth century due to various historical factors; although in certain areas, such as astronomy, the tradition continued and resulted in the setting up of observatories at Jaipur and Delhi. Science in the modern sense took root in India in the eighteenth century. The establishment of the Asiatic Society of Bengal by Sir William Jones in 1784 was an outcome of the interest created at that time in scientific research. The Society has since then played a prominent part in the development of scientific activities in India. ...
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