Main Activities

The PRC would undertake the following activities bringing together policy, academic and community expertise to inform and help shape current policy in science and technology sector in India:-

1.1 Map STI effectiveness in bringing social inclusion in different regions of India: To review current states of S&T and innovations through indicators in the most-backward states of India and also do an assessment of how ready are current-generation technologies, and what new breakthroughs are required? The idea is to provide guidance for policymakers on how to map STI effectiveness in different regions of India and implement innovation policy for social inclusion in their specific circumstances.

1.2 Identifying critical needs for STI across the range of areas that affect ‘quality of life-needs’ of marginalized groups: Identifying critical needs for STI across the range of areas that affect ‘quality of life-needs’ of marginalized groups and, find out what are the highest-potential interventions to improve their well-being, and how much of a role does technology play in those interventions (compared to policy, infrastructure development, human capital development, behaviour change, financial inclusion, etc.)? The idea is to equip policymakers and innovation practitioners with conceptual and institutional frameworks for implementing innovation policy; introduce selected tools, instruments and entry points; and present best practices and examples of successful innovation policy implementation for inclusive growth.

1.3 To better understand linkages of STI and poverty alleviations and look for SIT avenues/intervention possibilities: To understand and role of STI for poverty alleviation for which innovations really matter and to look for avenues/intervention possibilities to promote an innovation ecosystem that addresses the national priority for inclusive and sustainable growth. The idea is to establish a shared understanding of what innovation policy is, how it differs from its siblings such as S&T policy; and provides evidence of innovation policies resulting in tangible inclusive growth and poverty reduction outcomes.

1.4 Programme Support to DST: Conducting skilling / training workshops, to design STI Toolkit for Social Inclusion, Innovation Policy Guidebook for Policy-Makers, research papers and publish a series of best practice notes.

Main Activities

• Research on STI Policy affecting development in key areas
• Integrated and interdisciplinary approach with theoretical and empirical robustness with a field-oriented design
• Skills in Practice – from lab to the land
• Appropriate technologies assessment adapted to the local context

Education and Training
• Short courses on STI Policy, Innovation, System Thinking, Co-Design etc.
• Technologies and Development
• Supporting PhD research in related areas
• Academia Industry training support

Communication and Networking
• Publication
• International and National events
• Exploring potential collaboration with R&D institutions globally

• Examine policy gaps in the thematic areas– attributes of policy relative to the welfare objectives - Design and conduct original empirical and normative policy research, including field work in the thematic areas
• Develop strategies for correcting policy failures and design of appropriate interventions – Institutions, laws, incentives, policy instruments
• Evidence-based practical foresight-related analyses for STI policy and research strategy development for social inclusion
• Provide periodical (yearly/half yearly) reports
• Certificate program in Science & Technology Policy with possibility of initiating PG and doctoral programs at the end of the project

Research Projects