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Science & Technology Mission: A key Stakeholders and Partners Summit

Science & Technology Mission: A key Stakeholders and Partners Summit held during IISF aimed at active participation of the States in S&T development in achieving the objectives of various National Missions

A two days event, “Science & Technology Mission: A key Stakeholders and Partners Summit” was organised on 7th-8th October 2018 as part of India International Science Festival 2018 (IISF 2018). The overall goal of this event is to understand the impact of Science and Technology (S&T) on National Missions, primarily on National Mission ‘Transforming India through Scientific & Technological Interventions’, including focus of individual states on this aspect. The event activities included invited talks by eminent scientists and policy makers and deliberations of S&T activities of State Councils for showcasing their contributions through application of Science & Technology. Presentations was made by resource persons to deliberate on looking for S&T policy to be better connected to broader economic policy at the institutional and operational levels as well as linking S&T policy to institutional infrastructure, research funding, S&T investment, international research collaboration etc. at public-private-academia-industry sectors.

Dr Harsh Vardhan the Hon’ble Minister for Science & Technology, MoES, MoEF& CC inaugurated the summit on October 7, 2018. He emphasized the need to catalyze a dynamic dialogue among stakeholders in the science and technology community – research organizations, industry, user groups to ensure the cost-effective and result-oriented interaction for the purpose of converting scientific discoveries into innovative, commercially viable products and processes. He also emphasized the need to align the scientific and technological priorities according to the policies of State Governments, augmenting support and active participation of the States in S&T development and to evolve joint action plans of mutual interest. The state level machinery (State S&T councils) has to take the role of a major ‘Prime Mover’ while the centre could play a very catalytic and effective role in encouraging the initiative of state Governments.” He appealed to the State S&T council members to organize a Science Festival in their respective states so that the purpose of the festival, that is, to reach as many people as possible is fulfilled.

The some of the key recommendations are as follows-

  • It was recommended to accomplish specific intervention (s) which needs attention of Centre- State S&T collaborations and interventions of Science and Technology in achieving the objectives of various National Missions.
  • Active participation of the States in S&T development and to evolve joint action plans of mutual interest.
  • The deliberations/Presentation by State S&T Councils has provided an opportunity to see how S&T can impact the National Missions and to also analyse the focus of individual States on these.
  • Fostering National S&T capacity and knowledge sharing through region specific approach for inter-regional collaboration and cooperation.
  • Looking for S&T policy to be better connected to broader economic policy at the institutional and operational levels as well as linking S&T policy to institutional infrastructure, research funding, S&T investment, international research collaboration etc. at public-private-academia-industry sectors.

The event was successful to interact with stakeholders and discuss the possible interventions of Science and Technology in achieving the objectives of various National Missions.