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Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy 2020

The draft Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy, 2020 is a non-starter as a policy on innovation and calls for redrafting. Consultative processes that have gone into the making of the policy have been inadequately participatory, and hence, a collaboration with the mobilised publics of science, technology and innovation is required.


India’s Domestic Pharmaceutical Firms and Their Contribution to National Innovation System-building

Domestic pharmaceutical firms continue to operate under the influence of the strategy of global integration of the pharmaceutical industry and healthcare. The link between domestic firms and public sector research organisations is the weakest link in the domestic pharmaceutical industry due to misguided policies in competence-building and innovation system-building after India accepted the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights Agreement in 1995. The government should rethink its strategies to get domestic firms to contribute to system-building activities and prioritise investment into the upgrading of processes of learning and building competence.

The Wrong Incentive

The National Intellectual Property Rights Policy seeks to enhance creativity. However, it pays scant regard to experience that shows that the intellectual property rights route has rarely enhanced creativity. The policy should be seen in the context of the Indian government's attempts to address US concerns.

Intellectual Property

[An open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.]

Death in Police Custody

We have watched with disgust and horror the brutal police assault on students during a peaceful demonstration organised by four Left students’ organisations on 2 April 2013 in Kolkata and the subsequent death of Sudipta Gupta, a participant in the demonstration, while in police custody.

New Science, Technology and Innovation Policy

The government is quite high on rhetoric and intentions in the new science, technology and innovation policy announced recently by the prime minister. But it is rather weak on the issue of how it will address the challenge of transformation of the systems of innovation with respect to social inclusion and sustainability.

Technology Transfer for Rural Development

Several evaluations of R and D in the CSIR laboratories in the 1970s pointed to the gap between technology development and its application in rural areas and the weak interaction of scientists with external experts and users. There was no attempt to match the mechanisms of technology transfer to the technical and user conditions, to understand the users as systems and to manage technology transfer as an iterative/interactive process. This paper reports a study of the process of R and D management and technology transfer in the CSIR laboratories in recent years focussing on technologies specially being developed for rural areas. It suggests greater involvement of users in technology development and the establishment of a bridge organisation for technology transfer.

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