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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.

Developing a History of Science and Technology in South Asia

The development of a history of science, technology, environment and medicine (HISTEM) in south Asia has not merely to draw on different disciplines, but also has to shape its concerns from unique and divergent regional traditions and histories that prevail in the region. The south Asian techno-scientific tradition has largely been a syncretic one, evolving as a result of socio-politico and cultural interactions through the ages; the colonial experience too played its part. The appeal of HISTEM is therefore wider, it belongs to the mainstream of social and cultural debates in history.

Science and Technology for Rural Development

The state mediated-processes of social and economic development, involving science and technology, have been viewed as resources and cultural packages to respond to problems of development. National developmental priorities have been understood both in terms of abstract aggregation of collective aspirations imposed by the state and also in disaggregated terms implying expanding access of disadvantaged groups, such as rural poor, to resources they need to enhance their social and economic opportunities.

People's Science Movements and Science Wars?

People's science movements in India have been viewed in terms of two opposite cultures: taking the scientist's science and technology to the people and opposing the scientist's science and technology for the people. This article provides a critique of science epistemologies behind those two cultures that has led to the so-called science wars among scholars. The article shows up the myth of science wars in India by identifying a common platform for both sides.
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