Experts highlighted the need for center-state cooperation, developing a network of state-level researchers and connecting them nationally for a better science, technology and innovation ecosystem during the first post-draft consultation meeting of the fifth national STI policy (STIP), the Department of Sciences and Technology (DST) said Friday. In a virtual meeting held on Thursday, the experts also highlighted the creation of centers of excellence in technologically backward areas and interinstitutional collaboration.
“The suggestions, feedback and comments that emerged through this consultation were quite insightful and will be carried forward in the revision of the STIP draft,” stressed Akhilesh Gupta, the head of the STIP Secretariat during the post-draft STIP consultation with representatives of the government. , academia and industry from North India.
Gupta highlighted the STIP’s recommendations as a national STI observatory as a central repository for all types of data related to and generated from the STI ecosystem, INDSTA – a dedicated portal to provide access to the results of all publicly funded research – and “one nation, one subscription” for journals.
The STIP project was developed by the STIP Secretariat with support from the Office of the Chief Scientific Advisor (PSA) and the DST.
The secretariat conducted an extensive consultation process involving more than 43,000 stakeholders in the country and abroad through over 300 rounds of discussions.
The STIP was released for public consultation on 31 December 2020. Since then, a series of post-draft consultations have been launched to invite suggestions and recommendations.
A series of consultations is expected in the next two weeks, says a statement released by the DST.
Chandigarh’s Deputy Chancellor of Panjab University, Professor Raj Kumar, who chaired the event, stressed the need to revisit and focus on priorities, taking into account the needs of the local population and linking research and development with industry.
Representatives from government, academia and industry have provided suggestions on issues such as creating data repositories, setting up technology facilitation centers, and so on.
The STIP Secretariat and the DST-Center for Policy Research at Panjab University, Chandigarh, have invited the public to receive feedback on the draft STIP document by email – email@example.com – by 31 January.
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- Experts emphasize center-state cooperation for better science, technology, innovation ecosystem