New Science, Technology & Innovation Policy 2020 pushes for decentralization, ‘renewed STI ecosystem’

Science, Technology & Innovation Policy 2020
Science, Technology & Innovation Policy 2020

The Policy aims to capture the nation’s aspirations for a centralized, bottom-up and inclusive approach to science, technology and innovation.

A power-packed apex committee meeting of the new Science, Technology & Innovation Policy (STIP) 2020 addressed numerous suggestions for future policy, a statement said on Saturday.

The STIP-2020 policy plan was introduced at a meeting held on 26 November, it said.

Secretaries of all science and ministries – Ministry of Earth Sciences Secretary M Rajeevan; Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) Secretary K N Vyas; Scientific and Industrial Development (CSIR) Director General Shekhar Mande; Department of Biotechnology (DBT) Secretary Renu Swarup; Department of Space Secretary K Sivan; Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) Secretary Sandeep Verma; The Ministry of AYUSH Secretary Vaidya Rajesh and the Technical Secretary at the Office of the Chief Scientific Advisor Arabinda Mitra participated and shared their perspectives and hopes from the STIP 2020.

Heads of many national S&T institutions, such as the IITs, the Indian Institute of Sciences and science organisations, also participated in the deliberation process, according to the statement.

The meeting held on 26 November via virtual mode, was chaired by K VijayRaghavan, Senior Scientific Advisor, and co-chaired by V K Saraswat, Member of Science, NITI Aayog and Ashutosh Sharma, Minister, Department of Science and Technology.

STIP 2020, India’s fifth National Research, Technology and Innovation Agenda, seeks to catch the desires of the country as a whole through a centralized, bottom-up and inclusive strategy, according to the statement.

From open research to funding goals, vital human capital to equity and inclusion, strategic innovations to traditional knowledge systems, science diplomacy to science connectivity, Atmanirbhar Bharat is pledging a revived STI ecosystem.