The Ministry of Science and Technology Budget 2022-23.
Data from the budget documents of 2022-23 indicates that the allocated funds for all three departments namely, Department of Science (DST), Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and Department of Scientific & Industrial Research (DSIR) under the Ministry of Science & Technology has had a decline when compared to that of 2021-22.
An amount of ₹ 6,000 crore has been granted to the DST, ₹ 2,581 crore to the DBT and ₹ 5,636 crore to the DSIR, which combined, is just 0.3% of the total budget outlay which is ₹ 39,44,908 crore.
The budget 2022-23 has a total allocation of Rs 14,217 crore to the ministry of science and technology, a 3.9% decrease from the last fiscal year.
DST is responsible for promoting new areas of science and technology, coordinating, and integrating areas of science and technology having cross-sectoral linkages. It formulates and implements policies for the promotion of science, technology, research, and innovation in the country.
DSIR is responsible for promotion, development, and transfer of indigenous technology. The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is an autonomous body under DSIR which undertakes research and development in diverse areas.
DBT is entrusted with the promotion and development of biotechnology.
While allocation to DST and DSIR in 2022-23 has increased by 15% and 6% over the previous year, respectively, allocation to DBT has decreased by 13%.
In 2022-23, DSIR has been allocated ₹ 5,636 crore, out of which 99% of the allocation is towards the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). In 2022-23, DBT has been allocated ₹ 2,581 crore. Out of which 51% is towards Biotechnology Research and Development, and 32% towards Assistance to Autonomous Institutions.
All these departments played a key role in combating the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.