‘Science and tech policy to be user oriented’

Highlighting the progress made towards the formulation of the first-ever science and technology policy of the state,Minister of State for Science and Technology Abhishek Mishra on Wednesday said that the policy will be ‘user oriented’ and hence its formulation process has been “tweaked”.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Updated: April 14, 2014 2:56:01 pm

Highlighting the progress made towards the formulation of the first-ever science and technology policy of the state,Minister of State for Science and Technology Abhishek Mishra on Wednesday said that the policy will be ‘user oriented’ and hence its formulation process has been “tweaked”.

“Usually,internal consultations are held and the bureaucrats,ministers and the chief minister sit together and a policy is formulated. But we have tweaked the process a bit,” Mishra said at a conference at Lucknow-based National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI).

“Those who are the ‘ultimate’ users,the beneficiaries of the policy,such as the academia,research institutes,governmental organisations,research and development labs,entrepreneurs,industry and various government departments,are being asked for their inputs on the policy,” Mishra said,who chaired an agenda meeting regarding the policy here.

“Hence,on April 2,we had formed seven groups – food security and agriculture,healthcare and nutrition,water and environment,diagnostics and medicine,energy,education,and science and technology for handicraft and cottage industry – and asked them for recommendations. All chaired by experts in the fields,they met for the third time today,” he said.

Among the recommendations made in the meeting were establishment of cancer registry in the state and cultivation of vetiver grass along the Indo-Gangetic belt to prevent soil erosion. Mishra said the departmental homework on the policy would be completed within three months.

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