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National Brainstorming Session Addresses Equity and Inclusion in Science and Technology

New Delhi, May 22, 2024 – A significant step towards transforming India’s Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) ecosystem was taken today at the ‘National Brainstorming Session on Transforming the STI Ecosystem of India’, held in the capital. Organized by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Indian National Science Academy (INSA), the one-day event brought together leading minds to discuss and strategize on pressing issues within the field.

The technical session on Equity and Inclusion (E&I) was chaired by Prof. Bhavani Rao of Amrita University. This session was a cornerstone of the event, addressing the diverse challenges and opportunities to embed E&I within India’s STI framework.

Prof. Rao emphasized the importance of broadening the scope of science to be more inclusive. “We need to ensure that our scientific endeavors and technological advancements benefit all sections of society,” she remarked. The session highlighted the need for multistakeholder partnerships and the formulation of inclusive policies and practices to create a more equitable STI landscape.

Dr. Nimita Pandey, the lead presenter, set the tone for the session with a compelling presentation. She outlined the current state of E&I in STI and proposed actionable pathways to institutionalize these values. Dr. Pandey’s insights provided a solid foundation for the ensuing discussions, which covered a wide range of topics, from policy frameworks to grassroots implementation strategies.

The brainstorming session saw active participation from academia, industry, and government representatives, all committed to fostering an inclusive STI ecosystem. The discussions underscored the urgency of integrating equity and inclusion into the core of scientific and technological advancements in India.

This collaborative effort marks a pivotal moment in India’s journey towards a more inclusive and innovative future. The recommendations and insights from this session are expected to inform and shape future policies, driving the nation closer to its goal of a holistic and equitable STI ecosystem.