Francisco Padino Cardona, director of the Council of Science, Technology and Innovation of Hidalgo (Citnova), said he expects the new Humanities, Science, Technology and Innovation Law to guarantee a budget increase for the science and technology sector. Each year should be progressive rather than reduced.
At a discussion forum on the new Science and Technology Act at Citnova campus, the state official explained that there was misinformation about the new Act as it was an amendment to guarantee the recognition of social sciences and humanities. Postgraduate scholarships are awarded directly to students without the intervention of educational institutions.
According to the person in charge of Citnova, this new change will allow the elimination of foundations for the management of economic resources, so that the entire budget will be directly transparent and the National Institute of Researchers (SNI) will continue to operate.
However, he recognized that one of the impacts of the law was that it did not contemplate support for SNI researchers working in private academic institutions. Period.
He opined that one percent of the country’s total budget could be allocated to this item to close the current federal administration, adding that the mechanism could also be used in the state after last year’s federal exercise.
For his part, the director of the Colegio de Hidalgo, Pablo Vargas González, argued that the science and technology sector is not militarized, as the governing body of the National Council of Science, Humanities and Technology (Conahcyt) will be 14. Some science and technology projects that had been isolated by dependent government agencies, including the Ministry of National Defense (Sedena) and the Ministry of the Navy (Semar), will now be centralized.
The academician also said that by consolidating the progressive budget for science and technology, it will gradually grow to reach one percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as a country committed to in international agreements.
Likewise, various public forums were held in the country to ask the scientific and academic community of the country for the approval of the Act, for which he stressed that it was an inclusive exercise that considered all sectors of the society. .
Currently, Mexico allocates 3.38 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP), but other countries that are part of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) allocate more than two percent of their total annual economic income.