Scientists working under Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment would be paid salaries and other benefits in line with sixth pay commission recommendations to try and retain them in the state and create more facilities for their research, Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan said here Thursday.
Speaking after inaugurating the four-day 22nd Kerala Science Congress at nearby Peechi, he said food security, disease control, climate change, energy crisis and water resources management were some of the challenges one had to face. The KSCSTE could provide effective leadership in these sectors after proper studies, he said.
Stating that people were not fully aware of the \'dangers\' of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), he alleged that many inventions by small and medium enterprises were being exploited by multinational corporations.
Hence the Government proposed to include IPR in the higher education curriculum, he said.