The central government constituted a 21-member panel to advise Prime Minister on science, technology and innovations. The PMSTIAC headed by principal scientific adviser to the government K Vijay Raghavan will also assist the government in using science, technology and innovation for "solving socio-economic problems" in the country. It will replace earlier Scientific Advisory Committee to Prime Minister and to Cabinet. Advising the government on developing 'Clusters of Excellence' in Science including city-based R&D clusters will also be one of the 17 tasks of the panel. It will work to bring together all science & technology partners from academia/institutes to industries near such centres or cities. Besides the chairperson, the panel has eight members and 12 special invitees.
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