Given that India is celebrating her 75 years of independence (Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav), a dialogue on India’s strategy for the next 25 years with regard to its science & technology environment is imperative to pre-empt challenges and capitalize on opportunities that lay ahead. In addition to anticipating contemporary developmental challenges, this dialogue provided fresh insight on S&T priorities, policy decisions and discussed the likely roadmap for the next 25 years of India’s S&T environment.
Established in 2020, the Science & Technology (S&T) Policy vertical at the Centre for Civil Society is dedicated to driving transformative change in the field of science and technology through policy research, stakeholder engagement and outreach.
Our mission is to advance policy solutions that not only strengthen the science ecosystem but also inspire a spirit of scientific enquiry and innovation, empowering individuals to contribute and participate in the advancement of science and technology.
The Centre for Civil Society’s ‘Bridging the Gap: Women in STEM’ initiative was launched to address sociocultural barriers and gender stereotypes that limit women’s participation in STEM. The initiative enables the participation of women in STEM education and careers—through policy dialogues, research, outreach, financial aid and mentorship. By engaging with stakeholders from diverse sectors, we hope to challenge stereotypes, promote positive role models, and build a more inclusive and supportive ecosystem for women in STEM.
Our policy dialogue series titled ‘PRISM’ depicts the power of collective intelligence by bringing together views from diverse stakeholder groups, both within and beyond the S&T ecosystem. In addition to anticipating contemporary developmental challenges, this dialogue hopes to provide fresh insights on science and technology policy concerns.
The second PRISM event was organised on the theme of ‘Open Access in South Asia’ on 26 March 2022. The event garnered interest from individuals internationally, witnessing registrations from 10 countries namely, India, Bangladesh, USA, Singapore, Scotland, China, Pakistan, Nepal, Afghanistan and Vietnam.
Read more about the event in our report ‘Insights from PRISM: Policy Dialogue on Open Access in South Asia’ or watch the full event on our official YouTube channel.
The first PRISM discussion, titled ‘The Future of Research Funding for Indian Universities,’ was held on 16 January 2022 at the virtual India Science Festival. It succeeded in bringing representatives from various sectors to a common platform to explore the current status, challenges and future directions of Indian universities’ research funding scenario.