Department of Science and Technology (DST) Current Affairs - 2020

Accelerate Vigyan Scheme launched by SERB

Department of Science and Technology’s (DST’s) Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) has launched a scheme named ‘Accelerate Vigyan’ on 1st July 2020. The scheme was launched with the objective to provide a single platform that will encourage high-end scientific research in the country by providing a common forum for conducting workshops. Internships and capacity building programs for research scholars and students.

The web portal of the Accelerate Vigyan Scheme was also launched on 1st July 2020 (www.acceleratevigyan.gov.in)

Mission SAMOOHAN (Bring Together)

The Accelerate Vigyan scheme begins with this mission. This mission is for consolidating all scientific interactions in the country under one common roof. This mission has two components: (i) SANGOSHTHI (Seminar & Symposia) and (ii) SAYONJIA (Chronicle)

Mission ABHYAAS (Skill Development)

For the winter season, under the Accelerate Vigyan scheme, applications have been launched for the Mission ABHYAAS. This mission is for students looking for career development in the field of research.

The ABHYAAS Mission has been launched with two components. For both, the components applications for the winter season-December 2020 to January 2021 has started. The two components are (i) High-End Workshops -KARYASHALA and (ii) VRITIKA- Research Internship.

Through the Mission, over the next five years, the aim will be to organize 1000 high-end workshops. These workshops will provide opportunities to approx 25,000 postgraduate and doctoral students.

GoI to formulate new STIP (Science, Technology and Innovation) policy

The Department of Science and Technology along with the office of Principal Scientific Adviser to GoI are to jointly formulate National Science Technology and Innovation Policy 2020. The policy is to be formulated in bottom-up, decentralized process.

About the Policy

The fifth Science and Technology Policy is to be formulated by the Indian Government as the country and the world are tackling COVID-19 pandemic problems. The policy is to be formulated in four interlinked tracks. They are as follows

  • Track 1
    • This track involved extensive expert and public consultation process. The consultation is to be done through Science Policy Forum.
  • Track 2
    • This track will use expert-driven thematic consultations.
    • The track will feed in evidence-based information and recommendations to the policy drafting committee
    • Around 21 thematic groups have been constituted
  • Track 3
    • This track involves consultations from the ministry
  • Track 4
    • In this track, apex level multi stake holder consultation will be involved
    • Industrial bodies, Institutional leaders, Global partners and inter-state consultations are to be adopted in this track

Highlights

Around 25 policy research fellows and scientists associated with Department of Science and Technology are to be involved in the policy making. The policy will also include lessons learnt from COVID-19.