The Department of Science and Technology (DST) is a department within the Ministry of Science and Technology in India. It was established in May 1971 to promote new areas of science and technology and to play the role of a nodal department for organising, coordinating and promoting Scientific and Technological activities in the country. It gives funds to various approved scientific projects in India. It also supports various researchers in India to attend conferences abroad and to go for experimental works.
|Central Government of India overview|
|Formed||May 3, 1971|
|Annual budget||₹6,067.39 crore (US$760 million) (for the Financial Year 2021–22)|
|Central Government of India executive|
|Parent department||Ministry of Science and Technology|
Department of Science and Technology (India) supports open access to scientific knowledge, originated from the public-funded research in India. In December 2014, the DST and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India had jointly adopted their Open Access Policy.
|Sr. No.||Group||Scientific Programmes|
|1||Scientific & Engineering Research||
|3||International S&T Cooperation||
|4||S&T for Socio Economic Programme||
|5||Technology Missions Division||
|6||Women Scientists Programs||
The autonomous science and technology institutions organized under the department include: