Brief Background

Recently, the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India has granted Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow a special project to establish the ‘Centre for Policy Research’ with particular focus on inclusive growth using science, technology and innovation. We have identified 5 core areas for our research work – sustainable agriculture, water, energy, climate, health care and water. We have initiated evidence-based and action-oriented research work in these thematic areas which could benefit people lacking formal access to technology. The purpose is to benefit marginalized communities so that their ‘quality of life’ could be substantially improved. The Centre is also playing a key role in the management of scientific cooperation and programs at the University, which is a Central University located in the capital city of India’s largest state Uttar Pradesh.

As our country has to address challenges of poverty and economic development together with bridging the wider inequality gaps, a comprehensive and well-considered science, technology and innovation (STI) policy must be relevant to our stage of development. It is worrying to mention that S&T outputs often concentrate on problems of the rich, ignoring the enormous and in many ways, more challenging problems of the poor and the underprivileged. There is also a disconnect with national priorities like water, agriculture, energy, health and food security with limited success only in mission oriented projects. India has recognized 2010 to 2020 as the ‘decade of innovation’, and in its 12th Five Year Plan emphasized that innovative growth model are essential to address problems of inequality. There is a constant need to look for solutions that will address the needs of those at the base of the pyramid. We are witnessing tremendous changes in our infrastructure provisions and our economy is growing fastly, a matching response to this economic transition calls for a paradigm shift in the approach to STI policy. One of the greatest development constraints that the nation faces today is the uneven distribution of benefits of economic development and the widening gaps in income. S&T played a crucial role in promoting inclusive growth, however, this is just the beginning, and a lot has to be done.

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