Science And Technology In China - Implications and Lessons For India

Science And Technology In China - Implications and Lessons For India

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Author: Maharajakrishna Rasgotra
U R Rao/Several Contributors
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Maharajakrishna Rasgotra
Publisher: Sage Publications
Year: 2013
Language: English
Pages: 256
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788132113126


Science and Technology in China discusses the changing structural and institutional context of scientific research in China. The new environment of global competition entails that the norms of generation of new knowledge are as important as those for innovation and commercialization.

China has been able to achieve this in a largely state - controlled environment, where political will and commitments have played an increasingly important role.

India, on the other hand, is still caught in a paradox of too much democracy at all levels of social and economic activity. It needs a big political push and inclusive decentralized approach to realize its well - defined plans and objectives to make its international presence felt.

The essays focus on Chinas nuclear programme, space technology, aviation, aeronautics, IT and industrial development. The contributors conclude that India has to carefully tailor its own military strategy and diplomacy in the Asian region to greater effect with better harnessing and utilization of its strengths in science and technology.

The reforms, policy initiatives and strategies in multiple sectors initiated by China contain crucial lessons and one key message for India - the need to pursue a coordinated and single-minded strategy to achieve its goals.


Competence and competitiveness of a nation in science and technology not only aid its economic and social development, they also enhance its standing and influence in the world. More important, a nation’s scientific and technological strength confers on it critical military advantages in ensuring its own security and in acquiring a role in world affairs. All this is particularly relevant for a country like India whose size, resource base, human talent, history, geography and power potential have ordained for it an important peace and security role beyond its national confines. Information technology, in particular, has changed the nature of warfare, and this is an area in which China has left India a very long way behind in every dimension, from education and research to supercomputing.
--- From the ‘Introduction’ by Maharajakrishna Rasgotra



List of Tables
List of Figures
Introduction Maharajakrishna Rasgotra

Chapter 1 – Science and Technology in China: Implications and Lessons for India: An Overview by V S Ramamurthy Chapter 2 – Organization and Structure of Science and Technology in China by V P Kharbanda
Chapter 3 – China in Space by U R Rao
Chapter 4 – The Flying Dragon: Is China Set to Emerge as a Global Player in Aeronautics? By Roddam Narasimha Chapter 5 – China’s Nuclear Programmes: Civil, Military and Scientific by R Rajaraman
Chapter 6 – IT in China by N Balakrishnan
Chapter 7 – Science and Technology in the Industrial Development of China: Comparison with and Implications for India by Ashok Parthasarathi
Chapter 8 – The Growing Science and Technology Gap with China and How India Can Close It by Smita Purushottam
About the Editor and Contributors