Centre bats for science outreach programmes

News:During the 107th Indian Science Congress,head of the Climate Change Programme under Department of Science and Technology has talked about the Centre’s policy on implementing scientific social responsibility(SSR).


About Scientific Social Responsibility:

  • Scientific Social Responsibility(SSR) is the confluence of scientific knowledge with visionary leadership and social conscience.
  • The main objective of SSR policy is to harness the voluntary potential that is latent in the country’s scientific community to strengthen science and society linkages so as to make S&T ecosystem vibrant. 
  • This primarily involves bridging science-society, science-science and society-science gaps thereby bringing trust, partnership and responsibility of science at an accelerated peace towards achieving social goals.

Features of SSR Policy:

  • All Central Government Ministries and State Governments would plan and strategize their SSR in accordance with their respective mandates.
  • Every knowledge institution would prepare its implementation plan for achieving its SSR goals.
  • The researchers who are working on a science project funded by any of the Ministries under the Central government will have to undertake activities to popularise science and make it more accessible to the public.
  • It will include a range of activities like delivering lectures in educational institutes, writing an article in a magazine or doing something beyond the curriculum.
  • The science outreach would be mandatory and researchers had to include this as part of their outcome report.
  • There should also be an SSR monitoring system in each institution to assess institutional projects and individual activities.

Benefits of SSR:SSR has the potential to bring scientific and innovative solutions to societal problems, especially marginalized sections of society, thereby transforming the country.Some of the benefits of SSR include:

  • It can expand the domain of science and its benefits to the community by encouraging students into science through handholding and nurturing their interest.
  • It can create an opportunity for cooperation and sharing of S&T resources in laboratories with other researchers in universities and colleges.
  • It can help MSMEs, Startups and informal sector enterprises in increasing their overall productivity.
  • It can facilitate scientific intervention in rural innovation.It can also lead to empowerment of women, disadvantaged and weaker sections of society through scientific intervention.
  • Facilitating actions towards addressing Technology Vision 2035 Prerogatives and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the country such as water, ecology, health and livelihood.
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