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 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.
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.
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<br />
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.
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:
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.