Science & Technology
science technology
At A Glance

Established in 2021, the Science & Technology (S&T) Policy vertical at Centre for Civil Society is dedicated to advancing policy solutions that foster scientific enquiry and research. Through our publications, discussions and events, we strive to facilitate the creation and dissemination of new scientific knowledge in India. To strengthen the science ecosystem and promote innovation and scientific advancement, we focus on the fundamentals of S&T research systems in India.

Our areas of analysis include S&T policy priorities in India, investment in scientific research and development, research innovation & productivity and open access. We also raise awareness on crucial S&T issues through social media outreach and our policy dialogue series titled PRISM. Through conversations with experts from different fields, the PRISM events give practitioners and enthusiasts the space to explore critical S&T ideas from multiple perspectives.

 

Advisory Board
Sanjay Sarma
Vice President for Open Learning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Professor Swaminathan Sivaram
Former Director, National Chemical Laboratory
Thomas Barlow
Adviser on knowledge investment, research policy and analytics
Venkatesh ‘Venky’ Narayanamurti
Former Dean, Physical Sciences, Harvard University
PRISM: Science & Technology Policy Dialogue Series

With the objective of reaching out to and involving a wider audience and stakeholders both within and beyond the Indian S&T ecosystem, each PRISM event strives to strengthen the quality and engagement of S&T Policy dialogue and discourse.

The series has been titled ‘PRISM’ to depict the power of collective intelligence by bringing together views from diverse stakeholder groups.

Women in STEM
women in STEM
'Betiyan' - A Mentorship Program

Centre for Civil Society has joined hands with Procter & Gamble, under its CSR initiative ‘Shiksha’, to encourage girls to pursue rewarding careers in STEM sectors. Despite the immense potential for career growth and improved quality of life, few women step into STEM sectors. As a first step towards encouraging women to pursue careers in manufacturing and production sectors, we have launched 'Betiyan' - a Mentorship program for girls pursuing engineering-related courses in various ITIs across the country. The core objective of this program is to support girl students in pursuing skill development courses that nurture skills relevant to various jobs in STEM sectors.

The Mentorship program entails three elements:

Financial Support
Financial Support
Academic Support
Academic Support
Mentorship Support
Mentorship Support
(from women industry leaders)

In its pilot year, the program was successfully implemented in Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan in collaboration with three ITIs. 85 girl scholars benefitted from the program in its pilot year. Based on the success of the pilot year, we are now expanding the program to 50 ITIs in India.