Under the existing provisions of section 35(2AA) of the Income-tax Act, weighted deduction to the extent of 175 per cent. is allowed for any sum paid to a National Laboratory or a university or an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) or a specified person for the purpose of an approved scientific research programme.
In order to encourage more contributions to such approved scientific research programmes, it is proposed to increase this weighted deduction from 175 per cent. to 200 per cent.
This amendment is proposed to take effect from 1st April, 2012 and will, accordingly, apply in relation to the assessment year 2012-13 and subsequent years.