Venkata Krishna Nadella

Venkata Krishna Nadella

Venkata Krishna Nadella

Visiting Fellow

Dr. Venkat Nadella is a DST-Science, Technology and Innovation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, Indian Institute of Science (DST-CPR at IISc), Bengaluru. His research interests are in examining the role of governments, markets, and institutions in dealing with issues related to economic, political, and social development, particularly entrepreneurship and innovation.

Prior to joining IISc, Venkat completed his doctoral training in public affairs at the school of public and environmental affairs (SPEA), Indiana University, Bloomington, with field concentrations in policy analysis and public management. He also holds dual doctoral minors in Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Venkat’s research at DST-CPR at IISc examines the role of the state in sponsoring early-stage science and technology entrepreneurship and technology acceleration programs. His ongoing research is at the intersection of three interrelated topics: a) financing innovation, b) science and technology driven entrepreneurship, and c) evaluation of science, technology, and innovation policies.

Poonam Pandey

Poonam Pandey

Poonam Pandey

Visiting Scholar

Dr. Poonam Pandey is a research associate at DST-Centre for Policy Research IISc, Bangalore. Her work at DST-CPR engages with Responsible Research and Innovation and policy aspects of second generation (2G) bioethanol in India and Brazil. She has completed a post-doc from Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University, the Netherlands and Ph. D from Centre for Studies in Science Policy, JNU, New Delhi. Most of her work on emerging technologies in health, energy and agriculture builds on the interdisciplinary aspects of science policy, STS and innovation studies. She is currently serving as a board member for the Society of New and Emerging Technologies (S.Net) and reviewer for various international journals.


Journal Special Issue:

Pandey, P. (2020). Responsible Research and Innovation in the Global South: Agriculture, Renewable Energy and the Pursuit of Symmetry—Special issue of Science, Technology & Society (Sage Publications, Open Access), co-edited with W.E. Bijker, G. Valkenburg and A. Mamidipudi, Volume 25, Issue 2.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters (peer reviewed):

Pandey, P. 2020. RRI’s ‘Commitment to Care’ and Vulnerability of Agricultural Systems: The ‘Problem’ of Rice Straw Burning in India, Science, Technology and Society, 25 (2): 240-255, Sage Publications.

Pandey, P. 2020. Responsible Research and Innovation in the Global South: Agriculture, Renewable Energy and the Pursuit of Symmetry in Science, Technology and Society, 25 (2): 215-222. Sage Publications (with Wiebe Bijker, Govert Valkenburg and Annapurna Mamidipudi).

Pandey, P. 2019. Indian Perspectives on Responsible Innovationand Frugal Innovation in Rene Von Schomberg and Jonathan Hankins (ed.) International Handbook on Responsible Innovation: A Global Resource, Edward Elgar, UK (with Ravi Srinivas).

Pandey, P. 2019. Technology Assessment in Global Perspective: The Indian Case in Miltos Ladikas and Julia Hahn (ed.) Towards a Global TA, KIT (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) Scientific Publishing, Germany (with Pranav Desai and Sachin Chaturvedi).

Pandey, P. (2018). What Makes Research Responsible: An Indian Perspective? TATuP, 27 (3), 63-66.

Pandey, P. 2016. Responsible Innovation and Nanotechnology: The ‘Indian’ Experience in DM Bowman, A Dijkstra, C Fautz, J Guivant, K Konrad, H van Lente and S Woll (eds.) Responsibility and Emerging Technologies: Experiences, Education and Beyond, AKA Verlag: Berlin.

Pandey, P. 2016. Sociotechnical Imaginaries and India’s crusade for Nanotechnology in Arno A Bamme, G Getzinger, and T Berger (eds.) Yearbook 2014 of the Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society, Profil: Munich and Vienna.

Pandey, P. 2013. ‘Moving Forward Responsibly’: From Agribiotechnology to Agrinanotechnology in India. Asian Biotechnology and Development Review, Vol. 15, No. 3, pp. 81-101.

Pandey, P. 2013. Triple Helix for Communication of Innovations: Case Study of Bt Cotton in India. Asian Biotechnology and Development Review, Vol. 15, No. 1, pp. 21-42. Peer Reviewed Journal Articles (Revise and Resubmit).

Pandey, P. Bringing Laxmi and Saraswati together: Nano-Scientists and Imaginary of Academic Entrepreneurship in India (with Mario Pansera).

Pandey, P. Knowledge Politics, Vulnerability and Recognition-Based Justice: Renewable Energy Transitions in India(with Aviram Sharma).

Pandey, P. Epic narratives of the Green Revolution in Brazil, India and China, (with Lidia Cabral and Xiuli Xu). Manuscripts under Preparation.

Pandey, P. Bringing Frugal Innovations in Healthcare: A Case Study of Nano-Enabled Diagnostic Start-ups in India.

Pandey, P. On the Record, Of the Record: Communicating and Mitigating the Challenges of Straw Burning in India (with Aviram Sharma).

Pandey, P. ‘We can’t afford it’: What Scientists in India Think About the ‘Risks’ in Innovation and Governance of Nanotechnology.

Working Papers:

Pandey, P. Transitioning to a Bio-Economy: Indian Initiatives in the Bioenergy Domain (June 12, 2020). Available at SSRN: or

Pandey, P. Learning Beyond Boundaries: Policy-Making in the Time of a Pandemic (April 20, 2020). (with Mario Pansera). Available at SSRN: or

Newspaper and Media Articles:

Pandey, P. (2017, October 28) It’s a Question of Dignityand Identity of Farmers (with Govert Valkenburg, Annapurna Mamidipudi and Wiebe Bijker), Hindustan Times. Retrieved from

Pandey, P. (2017, May 19) From Bt Brinjal to GM Mustard: Are we Now Ready to AdoptGM Food Crops, Hindustan Times. Retrieved from

Republished the journal article ‘Moving Forward Responsibly: From Agribiotechnology to Agrinanotechnology in India’ in The Seed Times, Magazine published by the Seed Authority of India.

Suryesh K Namdeo

Suryesh K Namdeo

Suryesh K Namdeo

Project Scientist

Suryesh is working as the Programme Officer for the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy Fellowship Programme of the Department of Science and Technology at the Centre. His responsibilities include the overall coordination of the programme, capacity development and partnership building.

He is selected to be a member of the Indian National Young Academy of Sciences (INYAS) for the period 2022-26. He has been a part of the Youth4Disarmament and Youth4Biosecurity initiatives of the United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs. Here, he had the unique privilege to be one of the drafters of both: the ‘Youth Declaration for Disarmament’ and the ‘Youth Declaration for Biosecurity’.

He is a member of the executive team of the Science Policy Forum, an open, independent and collaborative platform that aims to strengthen science policy linkages. Here, he is a member of the core team managing its Emerging Technologies Initiative in partnership with NEST Division, Ministry of External Affairs and the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser.

His current research interests include STI Diplomacy and Open Science. He leads the STI Diplomacy and Emerging Technologies projects of the centre. He holds a PhD in Molecular Biology from the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Tübingen, Germany. He also holds a Master’s degree from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune and a Diploma in Biology from JNCASR Bengaluru. He has published several peer-reviewed articles and participated in international workshops and conferences around the world.

Recent Publications:

‘Youth Declaration for Biosecurity’:

‘Seoul Youth Declaration for Disarmament’:

Namdeo, S. K., & Goveas, J. J. (2021). Indian Innovation Diplomacy: Choices, Challenges and Way Ahead. Science Diplomacy Review. Volume 2, Issue 3.

Namdeo, S.K., & Koley M. (2021). Citizen Science in India: Introduction, Challenges, and Way Forward. DIALOGUE-Science, Scientist, and Society. link: 

Koley M., & Namdeo S.K., and Bhathacharjee S. Digital Technologies for Open and Equitable Sharing of Scholarly Knowledge in India (preprint).

Namdeo, S. K. & Parvatam, S. (2021, March 4). Citizen science- A solution to fake information? No. 526 [Audio podcast episode 526]. In All things Policy. The Takshashila Institution.  

Goveas, J.J. & Namdeo, S. K. (2021, February 18). A toast to the Indian decade of innovation. Times of India

Namdeo, S. K. & Parvatam, S. (2021, February 7). ‘Citizen Science’ can help India boost its scientific understanding, curb what’s app pseudo-science. The Print.

Namdeo, S. K. & Parvatam, S. (2020, November 5). Overdue: a formal internship policy in India that protects its students. The Wire Science.

Namdeo, S.K., Goveas, J.J. & Manjegwah, Z. (2020, September 7). Looking Inside InnSciD SP 2020. Science Policy Forum. Retrieved from

Namdeo, S. K. (2020, August 24). Towards an Internship Policy in STEM. Science Policy Forum.

M Madhan

M Madhan

M Madhan

Visiting Scholar

Librarian, azim premji university

Madhan is a librarian by profession and he has more than 20 years experience in research and academic librarianship.  His research interests are scientometrics, and open access to scholarly publications.  His other interests are open data, open educational resources and library technologies.

Research papers:

Muthu Madhan, Subbiah Gunasekaran, Rani M T, Subbiah Arunachalam, T A Abinandanan, (2020) Chemistry research in India in a global perspective- A scientometrics profile, Preprint Arxiv

Muthu Madhan, Ricky Cheng, 2019, Directory of Open Educational Resources (DOER): A discovery service framework to provide structured access to OERs, Pan Commonwealth Forum 19, Edinburugh 

Muthu Madhan, Subbiah Gunasekaran and Subbiah Arunachlam (2018), Evaluation of research: Are we doing it right in India? International Journal of Medical Ethics, <> 

Francis Jayakanth and Muthu Madhan (2017), Open Access for Engineers and Engineering, IEEE Newsletter <> 

Subbiah Arunachalam and Muthu Madhan (2017), Chemistry research in India: Making progress, but not rapidly. Current Science 112 (7) < > 

Muthu Madhan, Siva Shankar Kimidi, Subbiah Gunasekaran and Subbiah Arunachalam (2017), Should Indian researchers pay to publish their papers? Current Science 112 (4)  

Subbiah Arunachalam and Muthu Madhan (2016), Adopting ORCID as a unique identifier will benefit all involved in scholarly communication, National Medical Journal of India, 29(4) <>

Muthu Madhan and Subbiah Arunachalam (2011), Use made of open access journals by Indian researchers to publish their findings, Current Science, 100(9), P 1297-1306

Muthu Madhan, Chandrasekar, G and Subbiah Arunachalam (2010), Highly cited papers from India and China, Current Science, 99(6), P 738 – 749



Muthu Madhan (2015), Quantitative features of Indian School of Business (ISB) research output – A bibliometric analysis using Scopus.  Report commissioned by Learning Resource Centre, ISB. 

 Muthu Madhan (2014), A Global View of Open Access: A perspective on OA in India, Tony Hey on eScience Blog 

Madhan, M and Siva Shankar, K (2013) Mapping world chickpea research published during 2001-2010. Project Report. International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Patancheru, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. 

Madhan, M and Siva Shankar, K (2013) Mapping world pearl millet research published during 2001-2010. Project Report. International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Patancheru, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. 

Subbiah Arunachalam and Muthu Madhan (2012), Open Access to scholarly literature in India – Report commissioned by Centre for Internet and Society (CIS), Bangalore

Subbiah Arunachalam and Muthu Madhan, (2010), Scientometric profile of Dr V Mohan, an Indian Diabetalogist, Report Commissioned by Madras Diabetes Research Foundation (MDRF), Chennai


 “Muthu Madhan: One nation one subscription is an elusive goal” Open interview. December 12, 2020.

B. Chagun Basha

B. Chagun Basha

B. Chagun Basha

Visiting Scholar

B. Chagun Basha, is currently with the Office of Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India as Senior Technical Specialist. His work is organized around 3 verticals: STI Data, Policy and Diplomacy. Previously, he was with Department of Science & Technology (Government of India) – Centre for Policy Research (DST-CPR) at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He belongs to the first cohort of DST-Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy Fellowship Programme (DST-STI-PFP 2016). Before that, he worked as a Senior Science & Technology Insights Analyst with open-innovation industry.

Dr. Basha holds a Ph.D. in Space Electronics from the L’institut d’électronique et de télécommunications de Rennes (UMR CNRS 6164) at the University of Rennes 1, France and thereafter continued his post-doctoral research at École Polytechnique de l’Université de Nantes, France. Prior to that, he was with INRIA-Institut de recherche en informatique et systèmes aléatoires (UMR CNRS 6074) as a Research Fellow.

His interest areas, in the broader STI policy realm, include STI Diplomacy, Measurement and Metrics for STI, and Science Advice.