New initiatives such as ‘Make in India, ‘Skill India’, Digital India’ and ‘Start Up India’ call for harnessing science, technology and innovation to meet multiple objectives. The central role of innovation in furthering economic development and employment generation is obvious. The government and the political leadership have also shown eagerness to make India a global leader in science and technology so that the gains from S&T could result in positive outcomes in different sectors including industry, agriculture, health care and education. This necessitates using the potential of national innovation system comprising R&D institutions, including universities, technology institutions, industry, government and other policy making bodies.
RIS as a policy research think tank, is committed to explore and understand science-society connect. Keeping this broad perspective in view, RIS, in collaboration with India Habitat Centre (IHC), and prominent institutions working on S&T issues, including The Energy Research Institute (TERI), Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research (IFCPAR/CEFIPRA) and Vigyan Prasar has launched the Science Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP) Forum..
The STIP Forum has been founded with objectives, inter alia, of promoting informed debate on various aspects of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy. Keeping this in mind a monthly Lecture Series aimed at the broader public is being organized. The STIP Forum will also bridge the gap between the science and society through dissemination of information on developments in S&T as well as through kindling debate of societal aspirations and expectations from S&T and Innovation. Under the Monthly Lecture Series, a partner institution will take the lead to organize a lecture by a distinguished expert.
The Inaugural Lecture of the STIP Forum Lecture Series was organized by RIS and India Habitat Centre. Dr.R.Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Adviser to Government of India delivered the Inaugural Lecture on 26 September 2017. The title of the Lecture is “Sustainable Development: Role of Science, Technology and Innovation”.
The Second Lecture is scheduled for October 2017 and will be organized by TERI and IHC. It will be held on 30 October 2017. Dr. V. Sumantran, Chairman, Celeris Technologies and Former Executive Director of Tata Motors will deliver the lecture on the topic on ‘Aspects of Mobility’.
The details of November lecture would be announced soon. The December lecture will be delivered by Dr Frank Shu, Eminent Astrophysicist from UC Berkeley and the National Tsinghua University, Taiwan on “Reversing Climate Change with Molten-Salt Technologies” on 21 December 2017. Shri Jairam Ramesh, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) will Chair.