Date: November 16, 2020
Science and Technology have been an integral part of Indian civilization and culture over the past several millennia. The previous Science and Technology Policies have also emphasized the utilization of science for the welfare of the people. However, the new India with its vibrant young populace in a country of ambition and inspiration required a renewed emphasis on the integration of S&T with society at both the institutional as well as individual levels.
The Department of Science and Technology, Government of India had organized a webinar on the occasion of World Science Day. The World Science Day is celebrated on November 10 and the theme this year was ‘Science for and with Society’. On this occasion, the Department of Science and Technology with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) New Delhi organized the webinar to acknowledge and embrace the essence of the theme keeping in mind the growing significance of science, technology, and innovation in socio-economic, political and cultural spheres as the world is grappling with COVID-19 19 pandemic.
Speaking on the occasion, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology (DST), Professor Ashutosh Sharma highlighted that a policy on Scientific Social Responsibility would be put in place in the next few months to create a new interface between science and society. He noted that connecting science to society can make Science and Technology one of the strongest pillars for peace and development. “Communication of science to society at large is a major challenge. Science needs to reach the masses so that it can be used as a major tool for peace and development”, professor Ashutosh pointed out at the webinar on World Science Day for Peace and Development organized jointly by DST and UNESCO.