Pragya Chaube

Pragya Chaube

Pragya Chaube

Senior Project Associate

She is a Senior Project Associate at DST-Centre for Policy Research at IISc, Bengaluru. working with the team on the processes and outcomes of pre-draft and post-draft consultations for making the upcoming national STI policy in India. She also supports the Centre and its partners with various events and activities related to the broad areas of STI policy.

She holds a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Genetics and Bioinformatics from the University of Sheffield, UK. Interested in bridging the gap between science and society through Science in Policy and communication and outreach, her current interests include public health and policy outreach.

Gautam Sharma

Gautam Sharma

Gautam Sharma

Senior Project Associate

Research interests:

Gautam’s research interest lies in the areas of informal innovations specifically those which are developed by people or groups working outside the rigid structures of formal science and technology institutions. He is keen on studying the networking and collaboration by innovators working in informal settings in India and their knowledge sharing practices within and outside their community.

Background:

Gautam is currently working as a Senior Project Associate at the DST- Centre for Policy Research at Indian Institute of Science.

He has completed an integrated MPhil-PhD from the Centre for Studies in Science Technology and Innovation Policy, Central University of Gujarat in 2020. His PhD and MPhil  research has focused on the areas of ‘grassroots innovations’ in the Indian context. In his PhD study, he explored the designing of grassroots innovations in three stages of idea generation, experimentation, and implementation. Similarly, his MPhil project focused on the role of intellectual property rights in protecting informal sector grassroots innovations in India.

Publications:

Google Scholar Page: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=bgeNqgQAAAAJ&hl=en

Programme: Joint workshop on ‘Science Technology and Innovation Policy for Transformative Change’

Day 1 (18 Feb., 2021)

9:00 – 9:15  GMT

14:30 – 14:45  IST

WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION

 

Dr. Marion Clarke, Research Unit Manager, SPRU, University of Sussex, UK

Prof. T. A. Abinandanan, Coordinator DST-Centre for Policy research, IISc Bangalore, India

9.15 – 10.15  GMT

14:45 – 15:45  IST

PLENARY I : STI POLICY: PERSPECTIVES FROM INDIA AND TIPC

9:15 – 9: 45  GMT

14:45 – 15:15  IST

INDIA’S 5th NATIONAL STI POLICY: AT A GLANCE & PROCESS OF PARTICIPATORY POLICYMAKING
Dr. Akhilesh Gupta, Head STIP Secretariat, Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India

9:45 – 10:00  GMT

15:15 – 15:35  IST

TRANSFORMATIVE INNOVATION POLICY CONSORTIUM: MAIN OUTCOMES OF TIPC EXPERIMENTS IN 2020

 Dr. Matias Ramirez, Senior Lecturer, SPRU, University of Sussex, UK

 Christina Miariti, Programme co-Director, TIPC

10:00 – 10:15  GMT

15:35 – 15:45  IST

OPEN-FLOOR DISCUSSION

10:15 – 10:45  GMT

15:45 – 16:15  IST

FLASH TALKS BY STI POLICY RESEARCHERS

BREAK

11.00 – 11.55  GMT

16:30 – 17:25  IST

PLENARY II : HISTORICAL OUTLOOK INTO STI POLICY IN INDIA AND IN THE WORLD

11:00 – 11:20  GMT

16:30 – 16:50  IST

INTERSECTORAL CONVERGENCE OF TECHNOLOGIES FOR SDGs

Prof. Shubhini A. Saraf, Coordinator DST-Centre for Policy research, BBAU Lucknow, India

11:20 – 11:40  GMT

16:50 – 17:10  IST

THREE FRAMES OF INNOVATION POLICY

Prof. Johan Schot, Academic Director, Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium (TIPC)

11:40 – 11:55  GMT

17:10 – 17:25  IST

OPEN-FLOOR DISCUSSION

11:55 – 12:00  GMT

17:25 – 17:30  IST

CLOSING AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Day 2 (19 Feb., 2021)

9:00 – 9:15  GMT

14:30 – 14:45  IST

WELCOME TO THE SECOND DAY

Prof. Jeremy Hall, Professor and Director at SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex, UK 

9.15 – 10.15  GMT

14:45 – 15:45  IST

PLENARY III: STI POLICY IN GLOBAL SOUTH

9:15 – 9: 35  GMT

14:45 – 15:05  IST

STI POLICY FOR DEVELOPMENT IN SPRU: PAST AND PRESENT
Dr. Adrian Ely, Reader in Technology and Sustainability, SPRU, University of Sussex, UK

9:35 – 9:55  GMT

15:05 – 15:25  IST

DATA GOVERNANCE AND EQUITY: AN INDIAN PERSPECTIVE

Prof. Anjula Gurtoo, Chairperson, Centre for Society and Policy, IISc Bangalore, India

9:55 – 10:15  GMT

15:25 – 15:45  IST

OPEN-FLOOR DISCUSSION

10:15 – 10:45  GMT

15:45 – 16:15  IST

FLASH TALKS BY STI POLICY RESEARCHERS

BREAK

11:00 – 11:45  GMT

16:30 – 17:15  IST

THEMATIC GROUP DISCUSSIONS

11:45 – 12:00  GMT

17:15 – 17:30  IST

CLOSING & THANKS

CLOSED SESSION

12:15 – 13:15  GMT

17:45 – 18:45  IST

EXECUTIVE MEETING

FLASH TALKS

Day 1 (18 Feb., 2021)
NAME

Dr. Imogen Wade, Research Fellow in Transformative Innovation, SPRU, University of Sussex 

Dr. Venkat Nadella, Post-doctoral Policy Fellow, DST-CPR-Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

Ms Yasemin Aslan, PhD scholar, Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex 

Dr. Nimita Pandey, Post-doctoral Policy Fellow, Office of the Principal Scientific Advisor to the GoI and UNESCO New Delhi

Ms Nora Nedge, PhD Scholar, Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex  

TITLE
Implementing transformative innovation policies across geographical contexts: TIPC in South Africa, Sweden and the European Union
Financing Science, Technology and Innovation: Lessons from Polycentric System of Governance
A Novel Index Knowledge Triangle: The Entrepreneurial and Innovative University Index of Turkey
Gender Equity and Inclusion in STI: Towards Institutional Transformation
Investing in Science, Technology and Innovation: Learning from a complimentary approach piloted in East Africa
Day 2 (19 Feb., 2021)
Dr. Suchiradipta Bhattacharjee, Senior Policy Fellow, DST-CPR Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

Dr. Alexandra Boni, INGENIO (CSIC-UPV), Universitat Politècnica de València

Dr. Mansimran Khokhar, Senior Scientist D, DST-CPR Panjab University, Chandigarh

Dr. Joshua Moon, Research Fellow, Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex 

Dr. Saumya Pathak, Post-doctoral Policy Fellow. DST-CPR BBAU Lucknow University
Looking at India’s climate change initiatives in agriculture through an innovation systems lens

Evaluating transformative innovation policies in a formative way

Public-Private Partnerships in STI: Key to Multi-stakeholders Participation in STI

Fear and Apathy in Implementation: Learning the lessons of learning lessons for epidemic preparedness 

Internationalisation of Indian Standard Medicine: Strengthening Patent Regime, Strategies and Modulation of Policy

Thematic Group discussions (Break-out rooms)

  • Conceptualising STI Policy: Global context
  • STI Policy for Transformative Change
  • Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • STI Governance Developmental Context
  • STI roadmaps for the SDGs
  • Open Science and Science Communication
  • Implementation and Evaluation of STI Policy
  • Inclusivity and Equity in STI

Joint workshop on ‘Science Technology and Innovation Policy for Transformative Change’ – SPRU & DST CPR

Joint workshop on ‘Science Technology and Innovation Policy for Transformative Change’ – SPRU & DST CPR
Dates:
18 Feb 14:30-17.30 IST
19 Feb 14:30-17.30 IST
Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, India

As the world continues to tackle the pandemic and persistent sustainability challenges, Science Technology and Innovation (STI) is increasingly recognised as a key driver for much-needed change in society and economy. In the mid-2020, The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India initiated a process of formulating India’s National Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (STIP). After several months of public and expert consultation, the 5th National STI policy – with its core principles being decentralized, evidence-informed, bottom-up, experts-driven and inclusive – is now drafted and open for further feedback. The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has built a STI Policy cadre consisting of DST-STI-Policy fellows that are part of STIP Secretariat at DST. These fellows are simultaneously pursuing their research projects in STI Policy research domain.

Transformative Innovation Policy

SPRU has engaged with STI policy research for several decades. In the most recent years, a transdisciplinary project named Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium was launched. In this project, we advanced the notion of “Transformative innovation Policy” (TIP) as a new frame of innovation policy aimed at addressing the persistent sustainability challenges that the world is facing today. At the core of TIP theory, is the idea of transformations in socio-technical systems in an experimental and inclusive manner. The knowledge and competence of SPRU on societal transformations and innovation is however broader than the research project of TIPC and includes many interdisciplinary scholars whose work is dedicated to this critical area of research.

The expected learning objectives of this workshop are as follows:

For DST CPRs:

  • Critically engage with the theoretical foundations of transformative innovation policy from a Global South perspective
  • Learn about policy experimentation work at the Consortium
  • Debate theories and examples of transformative change with SPRU colleagues

For SPRU:

  • Critically engage with the contents of a new national STI policy for India
  • Learn about the process of making of a STI policy at the national level
  • Understand the STI ecosystem of India and the contextual nature of transformations from Indian colleagues

A longer-term objective of this workshop is to create a STI Policy knowledge network to pursue collaborative research projects in the future.

Confirmed sessions of the workshop:

  • Highlights of India’s STI policy and the participatory process of formulating it
  • Highlights of the Transformative Innovation Policy consortium work in South Africa, Sweden and Colombia in 2020
  • A brief history of Science Technology and Innovation Policy of the world in the 21st century
  • Health system transition in India through the lens of STI policy
  • SPRU’s engagement in STI policy in the Global South in the past 50 years
  • Analysis of the Data Governance regulations in the Indian context
  • Short presentations of scholars in SPRU, TIPC, and DST-CPRs on their STI policy research
  • Debates and moderated discussion in small groups on 8 themes of STI policy
See the links below for
Detailed Programme
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Deadline: 14th February, 2021 (limited seats, register fast!!)

DST-CPRs

Suryesh K Namdeo (DST-CPR-IISc) suryeshn@iisc.ac.in

Radhika Trikha (DST-CPR-PU) radhikat@iisc.ac.in

Saumya Pathak (DST-CPR-BBAU Lucknow) saumyapathak18@gmail.com 

Anurag Panda (DST-CPR-IIT Delhi) anuragpanda@iisc.ac.in

Pragya Chaube (DST-CPR-IISc) pragyachaube@iisc.ac.in

SPRU

Bipashyee Ghosh (SPRU) B.Ghosh@sussex.ac.uk

Sumit Kumar (SPRU) sk723@sussex.ac.uk

Pip Bolton (SPRU) P.J.Bolton@sussex.ac.uk 

Christina Miariti (SPRU) C.Miariti@sussex.ac.uk

Joint workshop on ‘Science Technology and Innovation Policy for Transformative Change’ – SPRU & DST CPR

Job opening: Project Assistant

Project Assistant, Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore

 

Brief Description of the Project:

Title- “Women in Science” (In collaboration with UNESCO)

With the aim to explore and understand the need and assets significant for promoting
Women in Science in SETI (Science, Engineering, Technology, and Innovation)
ecosystem at national and global levels, the proposed study will attempt to examine
the assets and needs in resource allocation and prioritization for strengthening the
participation and promotion of women in science education and careers in Science in
some of the countries in the Asia-Pacific region, namely, Uzbekistan, Sri Lanka,
Malaysia, Samoa, and the Republic of Korea. Further, the study will identify the gaps
and challenges existing in terms of resources, policies, and practices that hinder
women’s participation in Science in the selected countries and suggest plausible ways
forward in adopting and contextualizing global best practices in policy and practice,
towards realizing SDGs.

Duration: 3 months (starting from the 2nd week of January 2021)

Key Responsibilities:
● Conducting a literature review and a review of country profiles
● Supporting survey design and management
● Data analysis in the programming language R of survey data and other quantitative data
● Qualitative analysis of the data/responses from FGDs and Semi-structured interviews

Required qualifications and skills:

● Having a master’s degree in life sciences, social sciences, public policy, or any other related disciplines
● Proficient in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
● Proficiency in quantitative and qualitative data analysis
● Good writing skills in English

Additional requirement:
● A candidate must have his/her own laptop and good internet connectivity

Application Instructions:
● Please submit your CV and a brief note on job suitability at wseti@iisc.ac.in
● Last date of submission 10th January 2021
● Likely interview/interaction date 12th to 15th January 2021

Remuneration:
INR 30000/- will be provided per month for a period of 3 months.

Job vacancies

Senior Project Associate 

Numbers:

Duration: 6 months (extendable)  

Job Description: Research on the processes and outcomes of pre-draft and post-draft consultations for making the upcoming national STI policy. If required, support the post-draft consultation through online platforms. The candidate would also be expected to support the Centre and associated partners with various events and activities related to the broad areas of STI policy.  

Necessary Qualifications: PhD in Science/engineering/STI policy or related areas.  

Or  

Master’s degree in Science/engineering /STI policy or related areas with at least 4 years of experience of working in the relevant fields  

Desirable Criteria: Good communication skills to engage with different stakeholders. Editorial skills. Organisational skills. Experience in policy research. 

 

Project Trainee 1: 

Numbers:

Duration: 3 months (extendable) 

Job Description: Support STI policy-related activities of the Centre and its partners through online platforms. Trainees are expected to work with staff members to support the Centre in various events and other activities related to STI policy.  

Necessary Qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree in Science/engineering/STI policy or related areas. The candidate should demonstrate an interest in STI policy.   

Desirable Criteria: Good language and communication skills. Familiarity with online communication and social media platforms. Organisational skills.  

 

Project Trainee 2: 

Numbers:

Duration: 3 months (extendable) 

Job Description: Support STI policy-related activities of the Centre especially in relation to data analysis and use of statistical tools for Quantitative analysis.  

Necessary Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Science or Engineering with expertise in data analysis. The candidate should demonstrate an interest in STI policy.   

Desirable Criteria: Expertise in platforms and tools like R, Stata, or SPSS. Experience in Quantitative analysis for policy research.  

 

Note: These are full-time positions. Work from home is encouraged for all these positions. The number of final selected candidates can be different from the advertised positions. Remuneration would be on par with the DST norms.  

Interested candidates can email a letter of motivation (1 page) and CV (max 3 pages) to contact.cpr@iisc.ac.in with the subject as ‘application for senior project associate/project trainee (1 or 2)’. The deadline for submission is December 31, 2020. The short-listed candidates will be contacted for an online interview.

Famida Khan

Famida Khan

Famida Khan

Young Policy Professional

Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi

Research Interests:

Famida’s research interest area includes: To unfold the complexity of Science communication strategically and role of public engagement and policy interventions. How public perception and data gathering in science so important? Role of scientists and research organizations to encourage public for effective engagement, and data gathering to formulate evidence-based Science communication programmes.

Background:

Famida Khan is a DST-Science, Technology and Innovation Policy- Young Policy Professional at Department of Science & Technology (DST) GoI, New Delhi, since April 2020. She is a part of Science, Technology & Innovation Policy (STIP) Secretariat 2020 and involved into STIP 2020 formulation process since then.

Prior to this, she was a Research Associate-II at Indian National Science Academy (INSA), New Delhi, under “India-UK Water Quality Research Programme” Involving UK’S Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). She has worked with Vigyan Prasar (An Autonomous organization of DST) as a Project Assistant and curated content for Yoga Mobile App. She has also worked with CSIR-NISCAIR. During her work at INSA, she contributed in organizing several National and International workshops and seminars. She also contributed in organizing AASSA-INSA-NISCAIR Regional Workshop on “Share Communication Science Breakthroughs: Fake News Paid News and Ethic”.

Famida holds a Master of Philosophy in Chemistry. She completed her research work on therapeutic uses of Tephrosia purpurea a medicinal plant and its chemical constituents, efficacy, potency, side effect and therapeutic spectrum along with the process of isolation, characterization, and utilization of extracted bioactive compounds by using Thin-Layer Chromatography (TLC), column chromatography, UV/VIS Spectroscopy, and High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) from Jamia Hamdard Laboratories, Ghaziabad. She also holds Master’s degree in Organic Chemistry. She obtained a Higher diploma in Software Engineering from NIIT, New Delhi. She did Bachelor of Education and qualified “Course on Computer Concepts (CCC)” certification, and “Central Teacher Eligibility Test (C-TET)” twice. She also holds Bachelor of Science. She has attended training programmes on “Evidence-based Science Policy Making” and “Women in Science Journalism” of British Council. She has also been a recipient of CSIR Diamond Jubilee Research Interns Award.

Publications:

Famida Khan, Kamlesh Bilgaiyan & Santosh Joshi. IDENTIFICATION AND ESTIMATION OF RUTOSIDE TRYHYDRATE (RUTIN) IN HYDROALCOHOLIC EXTRACT OF TEPHROSIA PURPUREA; A SPECTROPHOTOMETRIC APPROACH, Eduved International Journal of Interdisciplinary Research, Vol.3-2016.

Famida Khan. Abstract Published in India International Science Festival (IISF) – Young Scientists’ Conclave (YSC), Theme: Indigenous Science and Technology Abstract ID: INDG_122, 2016.

 

Amrita Mukherjee

Amrita Mukherjee

Amrita Mukherjee

Young Policy Professional

Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi

Research Interests:

Amrita’s research interests lie at the crossroads of gender and participatory policy-making set against the context of climate change. Her focus remains on understanding the interlinkages between building community resilience and the greater participation of women in climate adaptation policy making. In the future, she would like to explore how the intersectional identities of women from Global South affect their vulnerabilities to climate change and the possibilities of reorienting global and national policy making processes to create inclusive spaces of participation for women who remain at the frontline of anthropogenic climate change.

Background:

Amrita is currently working as a Young Policy Professional (YPP) and is hosted by the Department of Science and Technology, GoI, New Delhi. She is part of the Science Technology Innovation Policy (STIP) 2020 secretariat. She has been the Activity Lead for ‘Thoughts for India’- a community radio outreach programme as part of the STIP 2020 Track 1 process designed for public consultation.

She has completed her undergraduate degree in Political Science (Hons.) from Miranda House, University of Delhi. Post that, she worked with STOP NGO, New Delhi that worked to combat trafficking in India and across borders. She completed her postgraduate degree in Political Science with International Relations from Jadavpur University. She has been a recipient of the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (Sylff) fellowship at the Master’s level. Post that, she has worked with the School of Media, Communication and Culture, Jadavpur University as a Project Fellow.

Publication:

Journal Paper: Debabrata. R, Mukherjee. A, Rethinking Rehabilitation: For the Girl Child in the Indian Context, Institutionalised Children Explorations and Beyond: An International Journal on Alternative Care, Vol. 3, issue 2, Pg 193-199. Article DOI: 10.5958/2349-3011.2016.00013.