The department of science and technology has initiated public debate on ways to stimulate the country's stagnating research and development activity.

Scientists and industrialists are trying to give final shape to a body that will select and fund projects.

Confusion and lack of interest were the highlights of the annual gathering of scientists this year in Goa.

The setting up of a national research body and reviving the cabinet committee on science and technology are among the steps the government is considering to promote a scientific temper in the country.