Published: 01st February 2021
Science diplomats, representatives of foreign missions in India discuss shaping of science policy
According to an official statement by the Ministry of Science and Technology, the new STIP is drafted to bring profound changes via short-term, medium-term, and long-term mission mode projects
Science attaches, diplomats and representatives of foreign missions in India from about 20 countries discussed best practices for shaping India's upcoming science policy at the round table conference organised for consultation on the draft Science Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP).
According to an official statement by the Ministry of Science and Technology, the new STIP is drafted to bring profound changes via short-term, medium-term, and long-term mission mode projects by building a nurtured ecosystem that promotes research and innovation on the part of both individuals and organizations.
"This policy is unique compared to the previous science policies in terms of being extremely bottom-up with inputs from people at the grass root level, decentralized with the involvement of a diverse stakeholder base, experts-driven with the participation of experts from a range of disciplines, inclusive with participation from people from all walks of life and evidence-based," said Dr Akhilesh Gupta, Adviser and Head STIP Secretariat, Department of Science and Technology (DST), who was leading the consultation.
"The COVID-19 pandemic provided a compelling opportunity for R&D institutions, academia, and industry to work in unison for a shared purpose ensuring synergy, collaboration, and cooperation which led to the formulation of the policy in the span of six months," he added.
He pointed out that under the upcoming policy, a proactive approach will be taken to strengthen the existing international partnerships and create new partnerships with a forward-looking international STI engagement framework and 'S&T for Diplomacy' as well as 'Diplomacy for S&T' will be promoted.
The virtual consultation was attended by science attaches, diplomats, and representatives from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Canada, Denmark, European Union, France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Portugal, Russia, British High Commission and United States of America, according to the statement
The Ministry of Science and Technology further informed that the representatives highlighted the need to reconnect with Indian diaspora for nurturing action towards their host countries and gave suggestions for implementation of 'One Nation One Subscription'.
They also suggested the need for appointing Chief Scientific Advisor in each state headed by the Federal Chief Scientific Advisor and including STI as a key element in every societal engagement.
An open attitude for collaboration with international partners in research and development, selective support to research infrastructure based on evaluation criteria, aligning current and future efforts towards decentralization, targeted action plan for implementation of the policy were also proposed.
The Department of Science and Technology has earlier released the draft of the 5th National Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (STIP)