Science administrators discuss ways to address state-specific technology problems and needs

The main scientific administrators of the ministries and departments discussed the ways by which the ministries of science can address the specific technological problems and needs of the states and the ways to strengthen the coordination between the center and the state for the socio-economic development of science. nation.

The Chief Scientific Advisor to the Government of India, Prof. AK Sood, highlighted the need for adequate investment in research and development by the private sector. “Some states have received substantial foreign direct investment, and some like Karnataka and Uttarakhand have made exemplary efforts in some areas like One Health Mission,” he noted as he explained the impact of closer ties between the center and the states.

Showcasing DST’s effort to strengthen the State Startup Ecosystem, Secretary, DST Dr. S. Chandrasekhar said, “DST has supported startup incubation centers in places like Hyderabad and Vadodara..”

“We are working to catalyze the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) ecosystem in the States by facilitating human resources, S&T infrastructure and socioeconomic development through appropriate partnerships and strengthening of the S&T-based delivery system,” he pointed.

“Indian researchers in every corner of India must conduct scientific research for the benefit of society with practical app-driven innovations,” added Dr. Chandrasekhar.

Dr. Rajesh Gokhale, DBT Secretary, underlined India’s success in fighting the pandemic and said that if such a feat can be achieved in adverse situations, much more can be done in normal situations.

“The bioeconomy target has gone from $150 billion by 2025 to $300 billion by 2030. How India needs to set a national bioeconomy strategy for the next 25 years,” said Dr. Rajesh Gokhale, DBT Secretary

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Managing Director; CSIR Dr. N Kalaiselvi advocated for technology-enabled socio-economic development in States and a balanced approach to technology development for urban and rural needs.

He highlighted the R&D carried out by CSIR in subject areas such as smart agriculture, civil infrastructure, energy and environment, aerospace, mining, metals, minerals and materials, healthcare and specialty chemicals, understanding the unique characteristics and specific needs of the states and regions and bringing personalized solutions for critical problems of the states.

“The Ministry of Earth Sciences is translating earth science technologies such as earthquake detection, weather and climate forecasting, and non-living ocean resource exploration into services,” said the Secretary of the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Dr. M Ravichandran.

He spoke about atmospheric and ocean observatories and data transmission, the establishment of automatic weather stations, X-band radars, monitoring of coastal erosion and pollution, and the dissemination of information to different stakeholders, such as farmers and fishermen, who have brought benefits to people across India.

Shri KN Vyas, Secretary, DAE and Chairman, Atomic Energy, shared success stories in agriculture and water technologies, such as the use of isotopes to trace and recharge aquifers, the use of radiation technologies to preserve packaged food, water ATMs , etc. which can be useful for states.

Shri S. Somnath, Secretary, DoS and Chairman of ISRO, presented the ‘Space Roadmap 2047’ with a focus on boosting the economics of space technologies.

He encouraged states to establish regional remote sensing centers based on state themes and specialties. He also advocated fostering entrepreneurship in value-added space products.

The session created a platform to discuss the key challenges for the Technology Vision 2047 put forward by the Sector Group of Secretaries and solutions to drive India forward as a vibrant knowledge economy in the 21st century.

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