Understanding the use of energy technologies, decline in cost, alternative sources of energy is of crucial importance for policy makers, industrial stakeholders and scientists alike. Policy and regulatory framework for renewable and non renewable energy technologies through STI interventions turn into important factor in this scenario. Technological learning is a key driver behind the improvement of energy technologies and subsequent reduction of production costs. The other major concern is the environment; how and in what extent the use of different means of energy is rational for sustainable development. Sub themes for Energy sector are:
1- Research and development for energy self sufficiency, efficient and affordable energy use and conservation practices;
2- Innovation and solutions for sustainable energy future;
3- Understanding Energy Challenges in India: Policy, Players and Issues;
4- Policy and Legislations affecting energy use, efficiency standards, emission standards, distribution reliability and reliability standards etc.
5- Energy Security and Fiscal Policies and International policy measures;
6- Research and analysis of waste management and utilization of the same for energy production.
S&T Policies for sustainable agricultural transformation:Policy for sustainable agricultural transformation for backward areas focusing on small holdings through technological & institutional innovations.
Climate Policy technological versus social innovations: Adaptations against floods in eastern UP and droughts in Bundelkhand region – technological versus social innovations
Energy Access and Inclusive Growth: Policy and regulatory framework for renewable energy technologies through STI interventions, village specific renewable energy technology
Health Inequality and role of Science and Technology: Wide urban-rural gap in the availability of medical services: Inequity – how STI can bridge this gap?
Technology policy for safe water using ‘system interventions’: (e.g., policy interventions, institutional innovations, new approaches to shaping the innovation process)