The initiative to establish State Councils for Science & Technology was first taken up in 1971 when the then Minister for S&T and Chairman, National Committee for Science & Technology (NCST), Shri C. Subramaniam wrote to Chief Ministers of all the States stressing that irrespective of large investments of the Central Government in S&T in various sectors and institutional infrastructure, the Central S&T Agencies must take the States along if the development goals are to be attained.
In order to encourage and promote science and technology activities in the States and UTs, the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Ministry of Science & Technology, New Delhi, during the 6th Plan (1980-1985) launched a scheme entitled “Assistance for development of State Councils on Science & Technology” currently known as State Science & Technology Programme (SSTP). So far, 36 State Councils for S&T including those in 7 Union Territories (UT’s) in the country are established. This programme is initiated by DST for the promotion of Science & Technology and building strong base for providing S&T intervention in the country through Centre-State partnership.
Accordingly, the Mizoram Science, Technology & Innovation Council (MISTIC) was established by the Government of Mizoram in the year 1985 (vide Govt. of Mizoram, Planning Dept. Notification No. T.13013/1/84-Sc&Tec dated 12.02.1985). It is functioning under the aegis of Directorate of Science & Technology under Planning & Programme Implementation Department, Govt of Mizoram. It is supported by the State Government and Department of Science & Technology of the Central Government.
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