The budget has given a substantial boost to science and technology. It has emphasised on setting up of science centres, training teachers and harnessing human resources.
Chief minister Siddaramaiah announced the setting up of two sub regional science centres, one each in Chamarajanagar District and Gowribidanur Taluk of Chickballapur District, at a cost of Rs3 crore for per centre.
To encourage science education among teachers and lecturers, trainers education will be given through Karnataka Science and Technology Academy.
Besides, to promote the development of human resources, the budget proposed the establishment of two advanced research centres.
An Advanced Research Centre will be set up in Bangalore, utilising funds of Visweshwaraiah Technical University and another will be set up in Udupi.
In addition, 50 scientists and 50 teachers will be recruited under the welcome home scheme for eminent research scholars and teachers of Indian origin in foreign countries.
In order to encourage teachers and researchers under the Rashtriya Uchchatara Shikshana Abhiyana (RUSA), awards have been instituted for best teacher and researchers. Under this programme, 30 teachers will receive Rs50,000 each and 30 researchers will receive Rs1,00,000 each.
The government also wants to cash in on robotics technology as it proposes to give science education to school students by using this technology and provide robotic education for engineering students in association with Government of Korea.
Reacting to the allocations made for science and technology, former Isro chairman and chairman of Karnataka Science and Technology Academy UR Rao said merely setting up regional science centres is not enough to encourage science. He said the existing centres should be strengthened.