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

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Compulsory Deposits- False Flourish

 Unproductive Empires IN spite of having one of the largest scientific communities in the world, choosing chief executives for scientific organisations has always been a vexing problem in this country. Whenever a vacancy arises or a new programme is initiated, the choice again and again narrows down to. a select few. These few invariably already hold other positions of leadership. The latest example is the appointment of M G K Menon as Scientific Adviser to the Ministery of Defence, Director-General of Defence Research and Development, and Secretary to the Government of India. Menon, it is reported, will continue as Secretary to the Government in the Department of Electronics and Chairman of the Electronics Commission, though he has kindly consented to give up the post of Director of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. This decision of the government is unfair to R and D programmes in both Electronics and Defence. Both need full-time chief executives because they are critical to the country's development, are of large size, and are different from each other. One person, however gifted he may be cannot devote enough attention to the two organisations. As a re- Milt, both Electronics and Defence R and D will suffer for want of leadership and timely decision-making.

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