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The Assam Science Technology & Environment Council (ASTEC) was constituted in 1986-87 as an autonomous Council of the Department of Science Technology & Environment, Govt. of Assam for implementation of some of the major programmes in the sectors of science & technology, remote sensing, energy (non-conventional & renewable sources) and environment as the institutional organization of the Department.

Goals

To formulate policies on various aspects of science, technology and environment which are in the interest of the state and the country.
To formulate schemes/programmes on the various aspects of science, technology and environment.
To execute/ implement schemes on science, technology and environment of the Govt. of India, Government of Assam, North Eastern Council and other public bodies.
To promote research in the field of science, technology and environment in Assam by giving financial support to scientists, technical persons and experts working in institutions or otherwise in the State.
To advise the concerned departments/organisations of the Government of Assam, public bodies' etc. on various aspects of science, technology and environment, in so far as the departments/organisations are concern.

The Organisation

The Governing Body constituted by the State Govt. as per rule of the Memorandum of Association is the sole authority of the Council. The Director is the Executive head of the council.

Governing & Executive Bodies

The Governing Body chaired by the Chief Minister of Assam is the authority for approval of the council schemes/activities/budget preparation /creation of post and all other business related to the activities of the council. The Executive Committee chaired by the Commissioner & Secretary to the Govt. of Assam approves the entire matters of the council prior to placing them in the Governing Body meeting.

Finance

The Council manages to run it with the financial assistance received from Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of Assam, Department of Environment and Forests, Govt. of Assam, NEC, Shillong, Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India and other sponsoring authorities for implementation schemes of different sectors.

Head of the Council

Director, who is also the Member Secretary of the Governing Body, heads the council. Three divisional heads and scientific and technical staff assist the Director. The administrative staff manages the respective divisions of the Council.

Success stories from its inception

Council started the observation of National Science Day, National Technology Day, World Environment Day, Earth Day in Assam. The observations of these days have been sustained involving research, academic, NGOs and educational institutions of the state.
Council has been successfully taking up of the activities of National Children's Science Congress every year in Assam.
In setting up of 28 School Science Centres in remote areas of Assam and continuing it's activities.
In developing and inducting need based technologies like improved mild steel handloom for enhancing the productivity of local weavers.
In popularising mushroom cultivation in Assam as a means of self-employment avenues for youths.
In carrying out research works through the state academic and research institutes in the areas like Muga and initiate research in basic and applied sciences.
In starting solar radio observational and research facility in the Northeast region of India.
In inducting non-conventional energy gadgets in the urban, rural and remote areas of Assam and delivering the benefits of such systems to the people.
The council was awarded a prize by Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy Sources, Govt. of India for successful implementation of solar PV programme for 1995-96 in Assam.
In setting up of the Assam Bio-Resource Centre at Madan Kamdev.
In carrying out environmental impact studies and highlighting the issues among the people.
In carrying out remote sensing based projects of state and of national importance and linking them to developmental processes.
In organising the National Children's Science Congress 2004 in association with Cotton College, Guwahati.
In setting up of a Patent Information Centre in collaboration with Patent Facilitating Centre of TIFAC, DST, Govt. of India in providing Intellectual Property Right services to the people of the State.
In developing Water and Soil Testing Kit in collaboration with Department of Chemistry, Cotton College, Guwahati.
In developing an Activity based Module for study of Microorganisms in collaboration with Botanical Hobby Centre, Department of Botany, Cotton College, Guwahati.
Council has been successful in acting as a forum for initiation and implementation of developmental process in Assam based on S&T application by linking S&T resources of the state with the national resources.
 
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