Department of Science & Technology
Parent Agency - Ministry of Science and Technology
Central Government of India overview
FormedMay 3, 1971; 52 years ago (1971-05-03)
Jurisdiction India
HeadquartersNew Delhi
Annual budget6,067.39 crore (US$760 million) (for the Financial Year 2021–22)[1]
Minister responsible
Central Government of India executive
Parent departmentMinistry of Science and Technology
DST Headquarter, Technology Bhavan, New Delhi
Hon'ble President of India, on National Science Day 2020, New Delhi

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.

Open access

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.[2]

Scientific Programmes

DST Scientific Programmes
Sr. No. Group Scientific Programmes
1 Scientific & Engineering Research
  • Mega Facilities for Basic Research
  • Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) programme
  • R&D Infrastructure (FIST, SAIFs, PURSE, SATHI)
  • Science and Technology of Yoga and Meditation (SATYAM)
  • Programme for Science Students
  • Swarnajayanti Fellowships
  • National Science & Technology Management Information System (NSTMIS)
  • Science and Engineering Research Board(SERB) [3]
  • Cognitive Science Research Initiative (CSRI)
  • VAJRA (Visiting Advanced Joint Research) Faculty Scheme
2 Technology Development
  • Technical Research Centres Programme
  • Technology Development and Transfer
  • National Good Laboratory Practice Compliance Monitoring Authority (NGCMA)
  • Natural Resources Data Management System (NRDMS)
  • Climate Change Programme
  • Joint programme on Electric Mobility and Technology Foresighting
  • Interdisciplinary Cyber Physical Systems (ICPS) Division
  • Patent Facilitation Programme (PFP)
3 International S&T Cooperation
  • Bilateral Cooperation with developed and developing countries
  • Multilateral & Regional Cooperation
  • Thematic Cooperation
4 S&T for Socio Economic Programme
5 Technology Missions Division
6 Women Scientists Programs
  • Gender Advancement for Transforming Institutions (GATI)
  • Women Scientists Scheme

Autonomous S&T Institutions

The autonomous science and technology institutions organized under the department include:[5]

Attached Institutions


  1. ^ "Department of Science and Technology (India)" (PDF). Union Budget. 1 February 2021. Archived (PDF) from the original on 30 October 2019. Retrieved 6 February 2021.
  2. ^ "India unveils new open access policy : Indigenus". Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Science and Engineering Research Board". SERB. Govt of India. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  4. ^ Palkhiwala, Kalpana. "Nano Mission - Towards Global Knowledge Hub". Press Information Bureau, Government of India. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Autonomous S&T Institutions". Department of Science & Technology. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  6. ^ "Agharkar Research Institute (ARI)". Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  7. ^ "Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences". Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences.
  8. ^ "Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeosciences". BSIP. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  9. ^ "Bose Institute". J C Bose Institute. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  10. ^ "Institute of Nano Science and Technology (INST), Mohali". NSTITUTE OF NANO SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  11. ^ "Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science". Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  12. ^ "National Innovation Foundation – India". NIF – India. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  13. ^ "Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum". sctimst. Retrieved 17 March 2021.