Recognizing the importance of
Science & Technology for the overall Socio-economic development of State,
during sixth five year plan, the Government of India desired to establish the
State Councils and the responsibility is vested with the Department of Science
& Technology (DST), Government of India. Accordingly, the DST performed
catalytic role in establishing State Science & Technology Councils. The
Government of Andhra Pradesh established the Andhra Pradesh State Council of
Science & Technology (APCOST) during the year 1986. The Ministry of
Non-Conventional Energy Sources (MNES), re-christened as Ministry of New &
Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India identified the A.P. State Council
of Science & Technology as the Nodal Agency for implementing Integrated Rural
Energy Programme (IREP) in Andhra Pradesh as centrally sponsored scheme.
OBJECTIVES OF APCOST :
To formulate measures to foster the spirit of Science at all levels of society
especially among the youth.
To evaluate scientific and technological options available to aid and improve
the planning process and to improve the efficiency of investment in the State.
To promote the latent skills / techniques / knowledge of Artisans / Tribals who
are practitioners of Traditional Sciences and Technologies for sustainable
To recognize and give momentum to the Traditional Sciences and Technologies.
To provide social recognition for the practitioners of Traditional Sciences and
To promote Integrate Rural Energy by upgrading and efficient use of Energy
Systems / Technologies for accelerating economic development.
Generation of local expertise in the sustainable after care of both
Conventional and Non-Conventional Energy devices and maintenance of energy
balance with focus on basic minimum needs of people by mobilizing available
rural energy sources and new technologies
Energy gap assessment between demand and supply in rural areas through
micro-level energy survey in the selected mandals and determining the felt
needs of the people.