The trust of mankind in Science & Scientist is deep rooted. Science is perceived as the pursuit of truth which satisfied the basic human needs to explore the unexplored, while technology shapes economy as well as lives of the society.
Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of U.P. aims to promote and Nurture Science & Technology throughout the state, creates scientific temper & harness it for betterment of society.
For various activities in the field of science & technology, the department has established following two autonomous bodies:
1. Council of Science & Technology, U.P.
The Government of Uttar Pradesh in October , 1972 constituted a Working group on the Role and Development of Science and Technology in relation to the Fifth Five Year Plan of the State. This Working Group was charged with the task of examining inputs and infrastructure available and required for growth of Science and Technology and its application to the process of development for identifying problems and programs for research and development, and for preparing an integrated plan for action for development and application of Science and Technology in the State during the Fifth Plan period.
The Concept of Research and Development as projected in the "Approach to the Science and Technology Plan" prepared by the National Committee on Science and Technology was found to be very wide ranging. To cover it, one of the main recommendation of the Working group was the need for establishing a State Council of Science and Technology with a Department of Science and Technology for Administrative support, which was bound to take up the recommendations of this Working Group to push forward all the schemes and activities which were included in the Fifth Plan.
This recommendation of the Working Group provided the case for establishing the "Council of Science and Technology,U.P." and it was established on 1st May' 1975 by the Government of Uttar Pradesh with the Department of Science and Environment for administrative support. The Council of Science and Technology,U.P. (CST,U.P.) was given an autonomous status as a registered body under Societies Registration Act, 1860.
2. Remote Sensing and Applications Centre, U.P.
Realizing the potential of remote sensing techniques, the Govt. of Uttar Pradesh, India took the lead in establishing the first state level Remote Sensing Applications Centre, U.P. at Lucknow. Remote Sensing Applications Centre, Uttar Pradesh was formally established by the Government of Uttar Pradesh as an autonmous organization in May, 1982, registered under the Societies. Registration Act, 1960, for the purpose of utilizing the newly developing technology of remote sensing in better management of the entire gamut of natural resources. The fundamental aim of establishing the Centre was to use the emerging technology of aerial and satellite remote sensing in conjunction with conventional methodologies in different natural resources management programmes. This Centre was also aimed to act as an interface between the high technology of remote sensing and the actual end user.
Ever since it's inception, this Centre has been generating natural resource related data through utilization of aerial and satellite remote sensing technique and providing the data thus generated to the numerous State Government User Departments. The activities have ever since the beginning been diversified in multidisciplinary mode. A team of scientists specializing in Earth Sciences, Water Resources, Forestry, Agriculture, Soil Sciences, Geography, Urban Surveys and Planning etc. and all having been trained in application of remote sensing techniques in their respective domains of specialization contributed towards the implementation of multidisciplinary projects either at the behest of the User Departments or as in-house programmes.
The Centre is undertaking specific investigations on behalf of the user departments by integrating remote sensing technology with other conventional techniques for efficient exploitation and management of the natural resources. In order to accrue maximum benefits out of the efforts of the Centre, it is necessary that a regular institutional interaction with the User Departments for utilization of sector-wise potentialities of remote sensing technology be attempted and suitable mechanism established. Several major projects at the behest of Govt. of Uttar Pradesh and other states have been completed and vital information provided to the various user agencies.