Govt. to come out with a new science, technology and innovation policy, formulation exercise begins

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will come out with a new national

Science, Technology and Innovation Policy

(STIP 2020), focusing on day-to-day challenges of different sectors including health.
Office of the principal scientific adviser (PSA) to the government and the department of science and technology (DST) have already started a consultative process for formulation of the policy.
The STIP 2020 formulation process will be organised into four highly interlinked tracks, which will reach out to around 15,000 stakeholders for consultations. The new policy is expected to be released later this year, replacing the existing policy which was formulated in 2013.
“A Secretariat with in-house policy knowledge and data support unit, built with a cadre of DST-STI Policy fellows, has been set up at DST (Technology Bhavan) to coordinate the complete process and interplays between the four tracks,” said the science & technology ministry in a statement.
The Track-I of the policy formulation exercise involves an extensive public and expert consultation process through science policy forum - a dedicated platform for soliciting inputs from larger public and expert pool during and after the policy drafting process. The Track-II comprises experts-driven thematic consultations to feed evidence-informed recommendations into the policy drafting process. Twenty-one focused thematic groups have been constituted for this purpose.
“The Track-III involves consultations with ministries and states, while Track-IV constitutes apex level multi-stakeholder consultation,” said the ministry.
“Several existing knowledge pools like Technology Information, Forecasting & Assessment Council (TIFAC), policy research centres, industry bodies like CII, FICCI have already studied and thought about many of the issues related to science policy, and we can invite well-considered recommendations from them,” said Ashutosh Sharma, secretary, DST.
Interacting with STIP 2020 secretariat, comprising policy fellows, DST and PSA officials, Sharma on Wednesday said there was a lot of inter-connectedness between knowledge generation and knowledge consumption systems in the policy. “These should be integrated in the policy,” he said.

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