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Newly Formed Empowered ‘Technology Group’ and COVID-19

The role of the empowered “Technology Group” with respect to building and promoting health technologies is discussed and a possible road map is charted out.


In his third televised speech since the lockdown, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 12 May emphasised the notion of a technologically self-reliant India. Apparently, he referred to the term Atmanirbhar Bharat at least 19 times in the 30-minute speech. However, an oft-repeated complaint in India is that the countrys policy regime with respect to science and technology (S&T) has suffered from two major shortcomings. First, the country has been very slow in terms of having instruments of innovation policy that could identify and encourage local development of technology to flourish. Second, is the contradictory nature of policies in India. There are many instances of policies contradicting each other and thus resulting in a deleterious effect on policy outcomes.

Many of our important national S&T projects have not been taken to their logical completionthe National Civil Aircraft Development Project and the policy on nanotechnology, to name a few, are instances of very relevant research and development (R&D) projects that did not result in commercialised products and services. Despite a very sophisticated S&T establishment in the country whether in technology generation, standardisation or its diffusion, the country has lacked the benefit of having a real coordinating body to pull together different S&T activities that are being pursued at the central and state levels, as well as those being pursued by industry. In this context the constitution of an empowered Technology Group, in February 2020, to be chaired by the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India with 12 members, needs to be welcomed.

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Published On : 12th Jan, 2024

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