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The Talented Government of India

You think you know what all your tax money accomplishes? Well you might find a few surprises.


Apart from a bunch of Kendriya Vidyalayas and IIMs and IITs and the training colleges for everyone and the Indian Council of Medical Research and the PGIs and the astrophysics research and the particle physics research and the jute and textile research, here are a few more esoteric activities the Government sees fit to associate with:


The Government of India does fusion research. And it is planning a mission to Mars.


But does the government of India do research into pomegranate? Sure it does.


What else does it do?



Here are a few of the obscure activities that you might not have anticipated or be familiar with.


It does research on camels. The website says: “The camel is an important animal component of the fragile desert eco-system.”

Never heard of abiotic stress? Let your government help you dear tax payer -- read up on abiotic stresses!


I am particularly glad that the government is studying population.


Here are a few of the autonomous bodies under the government of India.



There’s a Center for Women’s Development Studies. Among the topics of research of the center include ‘Conditions and Needs of Women Workers in Delhi’ and ‘Gender, Status and Migration of Malayali Nurses’.

There’s a Center for Wind Energy Technology doing research into this promising and clean alternative energy source.


Who knew that the Government of India was quite entrepreneurial imbued with the spirit of Silicon Valley? Here’s evidence.


Here’s the government providing pilot training at the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Academy.


The Government is promoting yoga full throttle through the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga. If only they got some high profile students like Jack Dorsey or Padmasree Warrior.

And here’s the Government promoting Naturopathy.

Here's the Government providing focused attention to development of Education & Research in Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy systems. 

I am surprised and disappointed to see no evidence whatsoever of the government doing research into the mating habits of penguins.


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