About the PSA Office

In November 1999, Cabinet Secretariat established the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India. The PSA’s office aims to provide pragmatic and objective advice to the Prime Minister and cabinet on matters related to science, technology and innovation with a focus on application of science and technology in critical infrastructure, economic and social sectors in partnership with Government departments, institutions and industry 

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PSA’s Role

  • Objective 1

    S&T fundamentals with applied research in collaboration with multiple stakeholders, both in central and state governments

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    Enabling future preparedness in emerging domains of science and technology

  • objective 3

    Formulating and coordinating major inter-ministerial S&T missions

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    Providing an enabling ecosystem for technology led innovations and techno-entrepreneurship

  • objective5

    Driving innovation and technology delivery towards solving socio-economic challenges for sustainable growth

  • objective6

    Fostering effective public-private linkages for driving research and innovation

Objective 1

S&T fundamentals with applied research in collaboration with multiple stakeholders, both in central and state governments

objective2

Enabling future preparedness in emerging domains of science and technology

Key Initiatives Undertaken By the Office of the PSA

PM-STIAC

The Prime Minister’s Science, Technology, and Innovation Advisory Council (PM-STIAC) is an overarching council that expedite the PSA’s Office to appraise the status in specific science and technology domains, comprehend challenges, formulate interventions, develop a futuristic roadmap and advise the Prime Minister accordingly.

Empowered Technology Group (ETG)

Established with the approval of the Union Cabinet, the Empowered Technology Group (ETG) aims to proactively lay down, coordinate, and oversee national-level policies relating to procurement & induction, facilitate Research and Development (R&D) and provide timely advice for determining direction and trajectory of Government's R&D and Technology Development Programmes.

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The Team

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Prof. K. VijayRaghavan

Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India

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Dr. Arabinda Mitra

Scientific Secretary

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Dr. Shailja Vaidya Gupta

Senior Adviser

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Dr. Preeti Banzal

Scientist 'G'

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Dr. Ketaki Bapat

Scientist 'F'

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Suresh Kumar K

Scientist 'F'/HoD

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Shirish Panda

Scientist 'D'

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Remya Haridasan

Scientist 'D'

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Jitendra R. Gaikwad

Staff Officer to PSA

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Dr. Arun Bhardwaj

Scientist 'E'

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M. K. Harikumar

Under Secretary

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Dr. Ayesha Chaudhary

Officer on Special Duty (OSD)

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Mudit Narain

Chief Technical Officer

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Shirish Panda

Scientist 'D'

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M. K. Harikumar

Under Secretary

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Former Principal Scientific Advisors

Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

In the office from November 1999 to November 2001

Dr. R. Chidambaram

In the office from November 2001 to March 2018

Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

In the office from November 1999 to November 2001

Major Initiatives as PSA

Dr. Abdul Kalam, as the first PSA was responsible for evolving policies, strategies and missions for many development applications.

Significant Awards
1981 - Padma Bhushan
1990 - Padma Vibhushan
1997- Bharat Ratna

Profile
Awards
  • Graduated in Science from St. Joseph's College, Trichy in 1954 and specialized in Aeronautical Engineering from Madras Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1957
  • At Indian Space Research Organisation, served as Project Director and developed India's first indigenous Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV-3)
  • Responsible for the evolution of ISRO's launch vehicle programme, particularly the PSLV configuration
  • As Chief Executive of Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP), he developed the Indigenous Guided Missiles at Defence Research and Development Organisation
  • Created Research Centre Imarat for advanced technologies
  • Was the Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister and Secretary, Department of Defence Research & development between 1992-1999
  • Became the 11th President of India on 25th July 2002