Theme: Future of STI: Impacts on Education, Skills, and Work

Science and Technology driven growth is needed to transform a developing country into a developed country. For sustainable development, knowledge-driven excellence in innovation is essential. The developing index of a nation has a direct link between technological innovations and a nation’s socio-economic prosperity. Most developed nations of the world are most advanced in science and technology.

How to measure progress in Science and Technology?

The scaling up is based on the No. of R&D inspired Innovations, No. of publications with high impact factor which address the strengths  weaknesses of the Indian R&D ecosystem, No. of patents that lead to success in science and technology engagement in Industries, Agriculture, National security, Employment generation, etc.

It is certain that the COVID-19 pandemic provided a compelling opportunity for R&D institutions, academia, and industry to work in unison for sharing of purpose, collaboration, and cooperation.

Excellent research and Innovation in science and technology can be met through a high-quality education system, recognizing the potential of talented young minds. A new culture of self-reliance that includes self-confidence, self-respect, and self-assessment must be inculcated among students at all educational levels.

Science and Technology are the keys to the socio-economic development of a country. There is a need to identify and address the strengths and weaknesses of the Indian Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) ecosystem to catalyze socio-economic development and also make India globally competitive in science and Technology.

Science innovations should be user-friendly and able to reach out to every individual in the society, irrespective of their skill levels. 

India’s new Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy aims to attract, nurture, strengthen and retain the critical skills, knowledge, and experience of the scientific community through a ‘people centric’ science, technology, and innovation (STI) ecosystem

Hoping that the synergetic efforts of India’s two new policies namely National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP)2020 will create pathways for achieving India’s indigenous capacity, become globally competitive in science, technology, and Innovation and catalyse socio-economic development.