A draft bill on public funded research and development prepared by the department of biotechnology proposes grant of financial incentives to scientists to patent and sell their own research. This is a good example of how legal tinkering or half-baked institutional changes based on inadequate analysis of the existing system will instead restrain science.There are several laws, rules and norms that govern the conduct of scientific research and utilisation of technologies in society. Socially embedded and culture-specific laws or norms can be enacted to enable desirable knowledge generation and utilisation for development.
Policy Bungling on Incentives for Public Sector S&T
by Rajeswari Raina, Archita Bhatta, Economic & Political Weekly, 25 October, 2008