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Government plans to establish 30 Science Technology & Innovation Hubs for STs by 2022-end: Jitendra Singh

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By the end of 2022, the government plans to establish 30 Science, Technology, and Innovation Hubs across the country. There are currently 20 STI Hubs for STs and SCs, according to Jitendra Singh, the minister of state for rural development.

Key Highlight:

  • There are currently 20 STI Hubs for STs and SCs, according to Jitendra Singh, the minister of state for rural development.
  • Despite the impact of COVID-19, Singh emphasized India’s rising trajectory in the Global Innovation Index (GII) Singh said technology must be local to address issues like affordable healthcare, affordable housing, clean air, water, energy, agricultural productivity and food processing, etc.
  • He said that India has become one of the world’s fastest-growing large economies because of the speed, scale, and spectrum of transformation that has taken place over the past seven years.

By the end of 2022, the government plans to establish 30 Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) Hubs across the country to promote scientific talent among Scheduled Tribes and aid their overall development.

A total of 75 proposed STI Hubs for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (ST/ST) communities were proposed. Still, only 20 have been set up by the Department of Science and Technology, directly benefiting 20,000 people.

Referring to November 15th (the birth anniversary of Bhagwan Birsa Munda), Singh said the government would establish 30 STI hubs for STs by the end of next year to promote scientific talent among tribal communities to improve their overall socioeconomic well-being and development. Despite the impact of COVID-19, Singh emphasized India’s rising trajectory in the Global Innovation Index (GII) and said that despite COVID-19, the improvement in the GII to 46 consolidates India’s place among the most innovative economies with growing investments in innovation and scientific output as well as expenditures in R&D. (R&D). On the theme of ‘Vocal for Local,’ Singh said technology must be local to address issues like affordable healthcare, affordable housing, clean air, water, energy, agricultural productivity and food processing, etc.

According to Dr. Jitendra Singh, a year-long celebration of the role that science, technology, and innovation (STI) play in empowering communities and creating equitable inclusive economic growth is being organized by Tech NEEV. Participants will share their own experiences and learn from others in a 75-hour program that will also include a conclave of societal changemakers and round table discussions with various stakeholders.

When it comes to land-to-lab research, the Minister said, “Tech NEEV/ @75” should open the door to new scientific developments that can help to build more resilient communities in the long run. According to him, the Ministry of Science & Technology and the Ministry of Earth Sciences have taken an appropriate and timely step by showcasing a strong foundation for the adoption of STI for better livelihood outcomes across the country through this initiative.

According to Dr. Jitendra Singh, the Prime Minister’s New India Slogan “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Vigyan, Jai Anusandhan” resonates the importance of Science and Technology in transforming the lives of the poor and developing affordable technologies. He said that India has become one of the world’s fastest-growing large economies because of the speed, scale, and spectrum of transformation that has taken place over the past seven years.

While science is universal, Dr. Jitendra Singh said, technology must be local to provide solutions relevant to local needs and conditions for addressing issues such as affordable healthcare, housing, clean air, water, and energy, agricultural productivity, and food processing for Improved Quality of Life and Ease of Living for the Common Man. There is a pressing need to develop a community’s capacity and capabilities in harnessing the potential of science and technology for sustainable development,” he said, according to the New York Times.

It is evident from the feedback and his interactions with various beneficiaries/stakeholders of the Ministry’s different programs that scientists in India have made exemplary efforts to lay the foundation for a technology driven system, one of the three pillars of Atma Nirbhar Bharat, which is designed to help create sustainable livelihoods and technology-driven social enterprise.. According to him, rural India’s ability to build a self-reliant Bharat can be seen in the confidence and capabilities of the beneficiaries and the changemakers of the program.

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