Written by Bella Dalima
18 Jan, 2014 | 7:39 am
Minister of Technology, Research and Atomic Energy, Patali Champika Ranawaka says that a national policy on science, technology and innovation will be formulated free of political influence. He made this statement at a ceremony to confer Presidential Awards for Scientific Research, held on Friday.
Minister of Technology, Research and Atomic Energy, Patali Champika Ranawaka shared these following views;
“One of the complaints made against the process of policy and strategy formulation, in some quarters of the government, is that process is dominated or influenced by politicians or bureacracy. Without passing comment on the legitimacy or validity of this argument, I would like to take this opportunity to declare in public that we have already set in motion a process to convene a ‘Sanghayanawa’ or symposium of the science and technology community of the country, to decide upon and formulate the policy on science and technology and innovation for the country, with absolutely no political interference.”
Awards in a multitude of disciplines for the years 2007, 2008 and 2009, were presented at the ceremony to confer Presidential Awards for Scientific Research.
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