About BRIDGES 2015 Mentors’ Workshop


Mentors’ Workshop

“Bridging Development Divide for Inclusive Growth through Science, Technology and Innovation”

Organised by

DST-Centre for Policy Research, BBAU, Lucknow

Supported by

Department of Science & Technology Govt. of India

January 16 – 17, 2015

Background of the Workshop

India has to address challenges of poverty and development together with bridging the wider inequality gaps through a comprehensive and well-considered science, technology and innovation (STI) policy. 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. Therefore, it is necessary to integrate policies for science and technology with other aspects of government policy, particularly economic, social, industrial, including energy, education and manpower policies.
It is well recognized that socio-economic growth of a country largely depends upon institutions, infrastructure, governance systems, transformation of knowledge and application of science, technology and innovation into goods and services. Integration of STI in policy implementation, program delivery and production processes are central to the success of India’s development initiatives and programs. Eventually there are big gap between STI and its effective integration in policy implementation. 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. ”

Objectives of the Workshop

This workshop will be jointly organized by the DST-Centre for Policy Research, BBAU & University Innovation Club (UIC). The main aim is to deliberate upon building blocks for policy design to improve national capacities in STI across 5 critical areas – Agriculture, Climate, Energy, Health and Water. Mapping the effectiveness of STI in bringing social inclusion and Identifying critical needs across the range of areas that affects ‘Quality of Life-Needs’ of socially and economically marginalized section of society is the key objective of the workshop. Some broad objectives of the workshop are:

1. Promote innovation as an objective within the framework of economic, social and regulatory policies in five key area;
2. Stimulate research, development and innovation to increase the effectiveness and quality of output in the public and social services sectors;
3. Facilitate public participation in technological orientations through public access to S&T concerning their foreseeable long-term impacts;
4. Encourage and support collaborative, multi-disciplinary scientific research and promote regional and international cooperation and collaboration in STI specifically targeted towards achieving the goals of national development

Sub-Theme of the Workshop

The workshop consists of 5 thematic sessions and one combined sessions addressing the following topics:

A. S&T Policies for Sustainable Agricultural Transformation and Innovation (SUSTAIN)

The agriculture sector has transformed drastically in recent past. There are new challenges for the governance of technology in the agriculture sector. In such situation, policy for sustainable agricultural transformation for backward areas focusing on small holdings through technological and institutional innovations becomes important. Increasing the value of agricultural products through agro-business related processes, agro processing and agricultural research are the other core issues for researcher. Sub themes for Agriculture Sector are as follows:

1. How can agricultural technology be made to work for the poor?
2. What are the implications for technology choice and priority setting mechanisms?
3. How are technology trajectories linked to processes of agrarian/livelihood change in different settings?
4. What should be the roles of public and private sectors (both international and national) in technology development?
5. How is access to technology options constrained? What alternatives exist?
6. How should national/regional innovation systems look to deliver inputs for small farmers?

Session Convener: Prof. R.P. Singh, DES

B. Climate Policy: Technological versus Social Innovations

Adaptations against floods in eastern UP and droughts in Bundelkhand region – technological versus social innovations

1. Integrating climate adaptation into programs, rules, operations and Climate Planning;
2. Impact of Climate change on Agriculture and food security, development of Climate Smart Agriculture Policy;
3. Strengthening Climate Resilience and Adaptive Social Protection
4. Indigenous Knowledge and climate change
5. Climate Finance, Low carbon energy, Carbon Trading, Trade and Climate Change

Session Convener: Prof. D.P. Singh, DES

C. Energy Access, Innovation and Inclusive Growth

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.

Session Conveners: Dr. B. C. Yadav, DAP, Dr. Richa Kothari, DES

D. Health Inequality and Role of Science, Technology & Innovation

Wide urban-rural gap in the availability of medical services and inequality in science, technology and health innovation capacity in India is evident in the extent of the health facilities and disease burden. India needs to position itself strategically with regard to shaping and driving a new research and innovation agenda necessary for disease treatment and diagnosis through STI. New continental initiatives must focus on shifting the apparent success in health innovations to product development and product delivery. Sub themes for Health sector are:

1. Technological trends and opportunities to combat diseases of the poor in India
2. Healthcare polices and role of technology for Inclusive Healthcare System;
3. Point of Care and Healthcare Technologies in India: Issues and Challenges
4. Indigenous Knowledge (IK) and Innovation Systems for Public Health in India
5. Health Equity and Inequality, Health Innovation and Intellectual Property Rights in India, how STI can bridge this gap?
6. Role of IPR (Intellectual Property Rights), FDI and Private Healthcare (National and International) providers
Session Convener: Prof. Shhbhini A. Saraf, DPS

E. Water Policy, S&T and System Interventions

Developing effective water policy is troublesome for a number of reasons; first, it has unique physical properties, complex economic characteristics and important cultural features that distinguish it from all other resources. Second, water resource management is administratively complicated because it involves legal, environmental, technological, economic and political considerations. Nonetheless, most policy options are framed and discussed in economic terms. In most societies, political considerations dominate decisions on water resource use, whereas technology policy for safe water using ‘system interventions’ (e.g., policy interventions, institutional innovations, new approaches to shaping the innovation process) has immense importance. Sub themes for Water Sector are:

1. Role of STI for Linking the water sector with the national economy and social policy
2. Technological Intervention in Water sector for universalisation of safe drinking water and emerging issues in water management;
3. Economic Polices and Water use in India, Economic organization of the water sector: markets or governments;
4. Policy Issues in Water Sector, Water policies and demand management, Role of Institutions and Property Right;
5. Science, Technology and Innovations for Adaptation, Mitigation and Economic/Financial issues in Water Resource Policy
Session Convener: Dr. Venkatesh Dutta, DES

Call for Research/Review Papers:

The workshop will address and discuss the role of Science, Technology and Innovations (STI) its policy implications in key and strategic development areas as mentioned above. The authors are requested to submit their original Paper (consisting 5000 to 8000 words) with an Abstract of not more than 300 words. Interested candidates can also submit Poster on any one or more sub theme of the workshop. The Abstract and Paper should be in Arial fonts in 11 points with single spacing. All files should be mailed as an attachment to cpr.bbau@gmail.com Timeline for the submission are as follows:

Submission of Abstract/Full Paper: December 15th, 2014
Acceptance and Communication: December 20th, 2014
Dates of Workshop: January 16 & 17th, 2015
Young Scientists/Research Scholars whose papers are accepted by the committee will be provided travel support.


Prof. R. C. Sobti, Vice-Chancellor, BBAU


DDr. Venkatesh Dutta Coordinator – DST- Centre for Policy Research

Organising Secretary

Dr. Vineet Tyagi, DST, Centre for Policy Research, BBAU
Dr. Yogesh Bandhu, DST Centre for Policy Research, BBAU


Dr. Richa Kothari, DES, BBAU


  • Prof. D.P. Singh, DES
  • Prof. N. M. P. Verma
  • Prof. R. B. Ram, DAPS
  • Prof. R. P. Singh, DES
  • Prof. M. Y. Khan, DBT
  • Prof. Sunita Mishra
  • Prof. Priti Saxena
  • Prof. Vipin Saxena, DCS
  • Prof. Shubhin A. Saraf
  • Dr. Kamal Jaiswal, DAAS
  • Dr. S. K. Dwivedi, DES
  • Dr. R. A. Khan, DIT
  • Dr. Gopal Singh, DMCJ
  • Dr. B. C. Yadav

External Advisory Members

Prof. Subhash Chander, IIT – Delhi 
Dr. Neeraj Sharma, DST, Govt. of India
Dr. Leena Srivastava, VC, TERI University 
Prof. Purnamita Dasgupta, IEG, Delhi 
Prof. Shashi Buluswar, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA 
Prof. Ashok Gadgil, University of Berkeley, California, USA 
Dr. Anshuman Saxena, EPFL, Luasanne 
Sri Saraswati Prasad, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation 
Dr Arun Kumar Jain, Jain Irrigation, Jalgaon
Prof. Rakesh Khosa, IIT – Delhi
Prof. Pramod Kumar, ISEC, Bangluru
Prof. N Chandrasekhara Rao, IEG
Prof. Suryanarayana M H, IGIDR, Mumbai
Prof. Upali Amarasinghe, IWMI-Delhi
Prof. Srinivasan Ramasamy, World Vegetable Centre
Dr. Suresh Rohilla, CSE, New Delhi
Er. Ravindra Kumar, Advisor, WWF – India
Prof. Kavi Kumar, MSE, Chennai
Dr. Chandra Mohan, Planning Commission
Dr. Sacchidananda Mukherjee, NIPFP
Mr. Sudarshan Srinivas, Reliance Foundation, Mumbai
Mr. Piyush Prakash, Excel Industries Limited, Mumbai
Dr. S. K. Tripathi, Geological Survey of India, Lucknow
Dr. G.V Ramanjaneyulu, Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, Secunderabad
Dr. Dinesh Abrol
Prof. Surendra Kumar, GIDS, Lucknow
Dr. Akhilesh Mishra, DST, New Delhi

KEY-NOTE SPEAKERS (to be confirmed)

Prof. Jaffery Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute, Columbia University
Prof. Shashi Buluswar, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
Prof. Ashok Gadgil, University of Berkeley, California, USA
Dr. Badri Narayan, Department of Science and Public Policy, Purdue University
Mr. Anil Sethi, Swiss Extension GmbH, Switzerland
Prof. Purnamita Dasgupta, IEG, Delhi
Dr. Suresh Rohilla, Director (Water), CSE, New Delhi
Er. Ravindra Kumar, Advisor, WWF – India
Prof. Kavi Kumar, MSE, Chennai
Prof. Ala H. / Dr. Anshuman Saxena (Policy Innovation Lab, EPFL)
Dr. Devinder Sharam (Agriculture / Biotechnology Scientist)
Dr. Pradeep Srivastav (Astt. Director CDRI, Lucknow)
Dr.  U. K. Misra, Director, SGPGI, Lucknow
Sri Jayant Krishna, TCS, Lucknow
Prof. S. Mahendra Dev, Director IGIDR, Mumbay
Director Narendra Dev Agriculture University
Director Giri Institute of Development Stuides, Lucknow
Director ANS Social Science Institute, Patna

For further details, please contact:

Dr. Venkatesh Dutta
Coordinator/DST Centre for Policy Research
Department of Environmental Sciences (DES)
Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University (A Central University)
Rae Bareily Road, Vidya Vihar, Lucknow – 226 025 (UP) INDIA
Tel. (+091 522) 2440826/27, 2441515, 2551615, Fax:091-522-2440821
E-mail: dvenks@gmail.com

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