ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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markets. About this situation there is nothing to be done. But there still exists the demand for technical know-how for new products and processes as is witnessed by the large number of collaboration agreements which have been entered into with foreigners. Quoting official sources, a study just released by the Economic and Scientific Research Foundation, an agency set up by private industry; points out that between 1957 and June 1963 a total of 1,560 technical collaboration agreements had been entered into by the private sector, which gives an average of 4.5 agreements per week. Indian payments abroad on account of royalties, patent fees, technical and professional services, etc, were estimated to have more than doubled between 1951 and I960 and were placed at around Rs 10 crores in 1963, As compared to the payment made for foreign technical know- how, the CSIH realised a mere Rs 3.13 lakhs from royalties for processes leased out to industry in 1963-64. The study referred to above estimates that the total value of industrial production based on know-how provided by the national laboratories was about Rs 5 crores in that year. Taking the gross ex-factory value of industrial output, excluding that of small-scale enterprises, at Rs 4,000 crores, the study concludes that the "contribution of national laboratories in the way of technical know- how and other services thus touches a bare one-eighth of one per cent of the entire industrial production in the country".

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