Pradesh Council of Science & Technology (MAPCOST) was established in 1981
under the Department of Science and Technology, Government of Madhya
Pradesh. It is an autonomous body, which has been registered under the
M.P. Societies Registration Act of 1973. The General Body of the Council
is chaired by the Chief Minister of the state. There are total 56 members
in the General Body, comprising of ministers from development departments
such as Water Resources, Public Works, Public Health,
Agriculture, Industries and Technical Education. The Directors of these
departments are also the members of the Council. The chairman of the
Council also nominates the four Vice-Chancellors of the State
Universities, Eminent Scientists, Social Scientists, Doctors, Engineers
etc. as the members of the Council. In the General Body there is also
representation of National level scientific organisations.
The Executive head of M. P. Council of Science & Technology is the
Director General. According to State government order the Director General
is also the Science Advisor of the government of Madhya Pradesh.