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Neither Transformational, Nor National

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.

 

The Draft Document Version 1.4 is the latest draft of the Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (STIP 2020). Discussions were on, up to the last four drafts, through an internal process of thematic groups. Track-wise secretariat-led participation with the help of a limited set of chosen experts and officials was the process followed so far. The zeroth order draft of the STIP 2020 was produced in a workshop-style meeting of the drafting committee held on 18 July 2020 where the recommendations were grouped into 14 clusters. Now after a period of six months of an internal process with four working drafts behind us, the fifth draft has been put out for public comment.

The consultation process was a jointly organised exercise of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Office of Principal Scientific Advisor (PSA) to the Government of India (GoI). The policy formulation was expected to be a multi-stakeholder process. The STIP 2020 was to be written as a policy for the entire nation with the transformational aims in front and centre. But the emergent outcome is inadequate from the standpoint of what the process started with and sought to achieve in terms of the policy formulation objectives. The draft STIP 2020 available for public comment is neither national nor transformational. In terms of the scope of policy objectives, this draft reflects its important limitations in the policy rationales deployed to develop the recommended policy instruments and policy implementation framework. The STIP 2020 has been limited to the challenges identified by the Ministry of Science and Technology alone.

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Updated On : 12th Feb, 2021

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