Centre for Civil Society’s G20 Engagements

The Science & Technology (S&T) vertical at the Centre for Civil Society (CCS)—through policy dialogues, research, stakeholder engagement and outreach—continually strives to make STEM fields more inclusive. This report highlights CCS’s notable contributions in the context of India’s G20 presidency: our participation in various G20-related events, as well as our recommendations that have received recognition in G20 reports, whitepapers and in the G20 New Delhi Leaders' Declaration 2023.

Unlocking the Blue Potential

“If we talk about the Ocean in popular culture it will infiltrate our conservation and that will happen in schools as well”, Stu Higgs, Ocean Conservation Trust

The blue economy is rapidly evolving, driven by technological advancements, sustainable practices, and emerging sectors, while existing curricula do not adequately address these changing industry needs.

Betiyan Scholarship 2023-24

Procter & Gamble’s (P&G) Betiyan Fellowship, a unique scholarship program was launched in 2021-22 in collaboration with Centre for Civil Society to encourage female students to pursue careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields. The Fellowship provides financial support and mentorship to promote women’s access to and participation in STEM-related jobs in the manufacturing and production industries.

Architects of Tomorrow: Celebrating 25 Visionaries of Modern India

“Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one that they sprung up.” Oliver Wendell Holmes

Many men and women have often been lost in India’s contemporary history for taking a stand on social, political, and economic issues around them. So, while there are written documents lost in time, this is a humble effort to celebrate the ideas and voices of some of these unknown Indian Liberals of their time.

Bridging the Gap: Women in STEM
Indian Liberals Coffee Table Book

“It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) that those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” – Charles Darwin.

Indian Liberals have often been lost in mainstream communication for precisely voicing their “liberal” ideas. So while there are written documents lost in time, this is a humble effort to revive the ideas and voices of some of the unknown Indian Liberals of their time.

Possibilities for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Reforms in India

Advancements in Science and Technology (S&T) play a critical role in transitioning into a knowledge-driven economy. Therefore, countries worldwide are continuously (re)shaping their public policies to better leverage the benefits of scientific knowledge towards achieving socio-economic development priorities. Notably, due to rapidly evolving knowledge frontiers, emerging technologies, and technology-led innovations, it becomes critical to develop dynamic policy interventions.

An Analysis of Research Productivity Metrics and Usage Guidelines

Research productivity refers to the efficacy of research processes with respect to the quantity and quality of its contributions. In the process of building our three-part series on ‘assessing scientific research and innovation’, we learned that research productivity assessments are a tool used for many processes in the STI (Science, Technology, and Innovation) ecosystem. These processes include research funding allocation, and evaluating the efficacy of scientific R&I (Research & Innovation) in academic institutions.

Study of frameworks and parameters for evaluating institutional research

Innovation can broadly be understood as a process of technological advancement, typically accompanied with economic, social, and cultural changes that denote improvement in a particular sphere of existence. The process of innovation is closely aligned with academic research and knowledge production across different disciplines, with scientific and technological innovation constituting a big part of this process. Innovation is also often viewed as a driver of economic growth, and is thus given priority status within market economies.

Rethinking Research Funding for India’s Higher Education Institutions

India has a complex university-research funding ecosystem with multifarious stakeholders. This policy brief supplements our recently published research report on government research funding in STEM higher education institutions (HEIs). As the country continues to work towards its ambition to increase its percentage of gross expenditure on Research and Development (R&D), the introduction of a national research foundation (NRF) could mark a shift in how it positions itself on the global R&D stage.

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