Stakeholder Meet on the Science Technology & innovation Policy (STIP) for the State of Himachal Pradesh

Stakeholder Meet on the Science Technology & innovation Policy (STIP) for the State of Himachal Pradesh

SHIMLA: Science, Technology & Innovation (STI) has an important role in the nation’s development. The new Science, Technology and Innovation Policy(STIP-2020) of Govt. of India aims to bring about profound changes through short-term, medium-term and long-term mission mode projects by building a nurtured ecosystem that promotes research and innovation on the part of both individuals and organizations. The objective of the policy is to identify and address strengths and weaknesses of the Indian STI ecosystem to catalyze socio-economic development of the country and also make the Indian STI ecosystem globally competitive.

In order to align the Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) with national priorities and focus on development of indigenous technologies, the Himachal Pradesh Council for Science Technology & Environment (HIMCOSTE) initiated to frame the Science Technology & Innovation (STI) Policy for the State of Himachal Pradesh in the year 2019 on the lines of the National Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy which has now been revised in the year 2020. To finalise the State Policy, HIMCOSTE  constituted  of  a Core Group of renowned scientists  from different fields like Plant Genetics & IPR, Agriculture, Horticulture, Engineering, Applied Biotechnology, Forestry, Biosciences & Biodiversity, Remote Sensing, Water, Wildlife, Mathematics, Meteorology, Climate Change and  Physics etc. from different Universities and Research Institutions across the State  and after  having brain storming discussions with the Core Group on the STI Policy draft, the comments from different stakeholder departments followed by internal discussions. While framing the document, the core issues of concern requiring structural mechanism and the models to address the pressing challenges of the energy, environment, climate change, food and nutrition, water and sanitation, habitat, affordable health care, skill building and unemployment have been taken care while formulating the STIP Policy for the State.

In order the finalise the document, the HIMCOSTE today organised a Stakeholder Meet at Hotel Holiday Home, Shimla   which was presided over by Sh. Kamlesh Kumar Pant ,Principal Secretary (Env.S&T) to the Government of Himachal Pradesh. In this meet, Heads/Representatives of the about 30 stakeholder departments, Members of the Working Group, Vice Chancellors for the Universities and the Scientist from various Academic and Research Institutions participated. In his special address,Sh. Pant said that with regard to the state specific policies, the Science, Technology and Innovation inputs assume greater significance in the hill states like Himachal Pradesh in view of its geographical constraints and the challenges for its development. He further said that as far as the S&T Policies for mountain states is concerned, only the Uttrakhand State has moved in this directionso far and now Himachal Pradesh would be the second state having its own S&T Policy.  He further informed that  in this policy, 19 Core Issues which have the relevance from the States perspective  having  the linkage in one or the other way with the National policy have been  taken care and are mainly the:

  • Creating ecosystem for innovation

  • STI Interventions for Self – employment and Livelihood Security

  • Infrastructure and Human Resource Development

  • Sustainable Management of Natural Resources

  • Clean and Green Technologies

  • Delivery System for S&T Output

  • Institutionalization of Strategies and the action points with the line Departments of the State Government

  • Linkage and Synergy with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The today’s meet was also attended by Sh. Sudesh Kumar Mokhta, Director (DEST) -cum-Member Secretary, HIMCOSTE, Sh. Nishant Thakur, Joint Member Secretary HIMCOSTE. Sh. Mokhta in his address said that the today’s meet withStakeholder Departments, Working Group Members, Academicians, and Researchers would help us in in further refining the document   taking into consideration the National Policy and its relevance from the State’s perspective with their valuable suggestions and comments.

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