Across the table

‘Across the Table’ is a panel discussion series planned under the ‘Public & Experts Consultation’ track to hear out different perspectives from experts in various fields through a series of participatory discussions. These panel discussions, 16 in total, are themed around 21 identified thematic groups, which would be impacted by the country’s science, technology and innovation policies. The discussions are designed as online panels of experts, with each panel consisting of three to five members, who talk about the relevance of STI policies in their field. The emerging discussions and recommendations would feed into the drafting of India’s upcoming Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP2020). These sessions are live streamed on the YouTube channel of the Science Policy Forum, and  are open for public participation through questions and answers to the panelists. 

These discussions are split into two parts, a moderated panel discussion among the invited experts followed by a question and answer session. Questions collected from different stakeholders through our social media (Twitter, Facebook and YouTube) and the SPF discussion forum are forwarded to our moderators. Anyone can post their questions before each event on our  social media handles using the event-specific hashtags. Alternatively, questions can also be posted in the SPF discussion forum under new or existing topics with the same hashtags. Questions asked in the comment section during the YouTube live-streaming are also forwarded to the panelists. Those who could not join for the live sessions can still leave their comments on the respective YouTube video or on the SPF discussion forum and they will be taken into consideration as part of the consultation process. 

Watch all the thematic panel discussions here and Leave your comments and feedback in our discussion forum (STIP2020)

P1: Health & STI

Date:

24 June 2020

Panelists: 

Dr. Shailja V. Gupta
Senior Adviser, the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India

Dr. Manisha Shridhar
Regional Advisor, WHO New Delhi

Prof. K. Srinath Reddy
President, Public Health Foundation of India

ICMR Representatives

Moderators:

Dr. Mouha Chakraborty
STIP 2020 Secretariat

Dr. Divya Singh
Science Policy Forum

Hashtag

#AskSTIP2020Health

Event Link

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P2: Research & Development (R&D) Ecosystem

Date:

25 June 2020

Panelists:

Prof. Gagandeep Kang
Executive Director, Translational Health Science and Technology Institute, Faridabad

Prof. T.A. Abinandanan
Professor & Chairman, Materials Engineering, Coordinator -DST-Centre for Policy Research, IISc Bangalore

Prof. Sher Ali
Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Basic Sciences, Jamia Millia Islamia 

Prof. Vivek Kumar Singh
Professor, Department of Computer Science, Banaras Hindu University

Dr. Bhaktee Dongaonkar
Postdoctoral Researcher, National Centre for Biological Sciences

Moderators:

Dr. Smita Jain
IndiaBioscience

Ms. Spoorthy Raman
Gubbi Labs

Hashtag

#AskSTIP2020RandD

Event Link

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P3: Access to Knowledge and Resources

Date:

26 June 2020

Panelists:

Prof. Rahul Siddharthan
Professor, The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai

Prof. S.A. Shivashankar
Professor Emeritus, IISc Bangalore, Adviser, i-STEM portal

Prof. Arul George Scaria
Associate Professor, National Law University, New Delhi

Dr. Alka Suri
Director, Defence Scientific Information Documentation Centre (DESIDOC), DRDO

Ms. Purnima Rao
Community Library Project

Moderators:

Dr. Anup Kumar Das
Jawaharlal Nehru University

Dr. Moumita Koley
STIP 2020 Secretariat

Hashtag

#ASKSTIP2020Access

Event Link

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P4: Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Date:

27 June 2020

Panelists:

Dr. Taslimarif Saiyed
CEO and Director, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms

Dr. Ayesha Chaudhary
Program Director, Atal Innovation Mission

Shri. Sijo Kuruvilla George
Founding CEO, Startup Village, Kochi

Moderators:

Dr. Jenice Jean Goveas
STIP 2020 Secretariat

Dr. Rajiv. K. Mishra
Jawaharlal Nehru University

Hashtag

#AskSTIP2020Innovation

Event Link

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P5: Financing STI

Date:

29 June 2020

Panelists:

Shri. Akhilesh Jha
Chief Controller of Accounts Office, DST, Ministry of Science and Technology

Dr Shahid Jameel
CEO, DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance

Prof. Jinusha Panigrahi
National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration

Smt. Swati Joshi
Centre for Technology, Innovation and Economic Research (CTIER), Maharashtra

Moderators:

Dr. H. S. Sudhira
Gubbilabs

Dr. B. Chagun Basha
Office of Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India

Hashtag

#AskSTIP2020Finance

Event Link

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P6: Equity and Inclusion

Date:

30 June 2020

Panelists

Prof. Rohini Godbole
Professor Emeritus, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 

Smt. Jyotsna Sitling
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests – Van Panchayat, Govt. of Uttarakhand

Prof. T.V. Kattimani
Former Vice Chancellor, Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Amarkantak

Dr. Sanjay Mishra
Head, KIRAN, INSPIRE-MANAK, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India

Dr. A Mani
Senior member, International Rough Set Society, Visiting Faculty/Researcher, HBCSE, TIFR

Moderators:

Dr. Nimita Pandey
STIP 2020 Secretariat

Ms. Spoorthy Raman
Gubbi Labs

Hashtag

#AskSTIP2020Inclusion

Event Link

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P7: STI Governance, and System Interconnectedness

Date:

1 July 2020

Panelists

Ms Deepanwita Chattopadhyay
Chair & Chief Executive Officer, IKP Knowledge Park, Hyderabad

Dr. Soumitra Pathare
Director, Centre for Mental Health Law and Policy, ILS

Prof. Shubha Tole
Professor, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai

Dr. Satya Prakash Dash
Former Head, Strategic Partnerships & Entrepreneurship Development, BIRAC

Moderators:

Dr. Radhika Trikha
STIP 2020 Secretariat

Ms. Vanshika Singh
National Brain Research Centre

Hashtag

#AskSTIP2020Governance

Event Link

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P8: Industrial Research and Innovation

Date:

2 July 2020

Panelists

Dr. Rohini Srivathsa
National Technology Officer, Microsoft India

Prof. Mahesh Panchagnula 
Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras

Mr. Janak Nabar
CEO, Centre for Technology, Innovation and Economic Research, Pune

Mr. Shrijeet Mishra
Chief Innovation Officer and Head Group, Aditya Birla Group

Dr. T. Rajamannar
Non Executive Director, Sun Pharma Advanced Research Company (SPARC), Mumbai

Moderators:

Dr. H. S. Sudhira
Gubbi Labs

Dr. Radhika Trikha
STIP 2020 Secretariat

Hashtag

#AskSTIP2020Industry

Event Link

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P9: Strategic, Disruptive and Futuristic Technologies

Date:

3 July 2020

Panelists

Dr. S. Christopher
Professor at IIT Madras, Former Secretary Department of Defense R&D, Former Chairman DRDO

Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Distinguished Fellow & Head, Nuclear and Space Policy Initiative, Observer Research Foundation

Dr. Uma Ramakrishnan
Associate Professor, National Centre for Biological Sciences, TIFR, Bangalore

Dr. Shailesh Kumar
Chief Data Scientist, Reliance Jio InfoComm Ltd

Moderators:

Dr. Jenice Jean Goveas
STIP 2020 Secretariat

Mr. Aditya K. Kaushik
Sustainable Water Futures Programme

Hashtag

#AskSTIP2020Technology

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P10:  Skilled Human Resources and Capacity Building

Date:

4 July 2020

Panelists:

Prof. Pankaj Jalote
Distinguished Professor & Former Director, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, New Delhi

Dr. Rupamanjari Ghosh
Vice Chancellor, Shiv Nadar University

Dr. Shakila T Shamsu
Former OSD (NEP), Secretary to the Committee to Draft National Education Policy, MHRD

Prof. Pratibha Jolly
Former Principal, Miranda House College, University of Delhi

Prof. Gautam Menon
Professor, Ashoka University

Moderators:

Dr. Saumya Pathak
STIP 2020 Secretariat

Dr. H.S. Sudhira
Gubbi Labs

Hashtag

# AskSTIP2020HumanResources

Event Link

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P11: Data, Ethics and Regulatory frameworks

Date:

6 July 2020

Panelists

Prof. Geeta Gouri
Distinguished Fellow, India Development Foundation, Gurgaon

Prof. Prabuddha Ganguli
CEO, Vision IPR, Mumbai

Dr. Ananth Padmanabhan 
Dean, Daksha Fellowship and Visiting Fellow, Centre for Policy Research

Dr. Suchita Ninawe 
Adviser, Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India

Moderators:

Mr. Subhodeep Jash
FTI Consulting

Dr. Nidhi Thakur
STIP 2020 Secretariat

Hashtag

#AskSTIP2020Data

Event Link

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P12: Technology and Sustainability

Date:

7 July 2020

Panelists:

Dr Debapriya Dutta 
Head/Advisor, Science for Equity, Empowerment & Development (SEED) Division,
Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India

Prof. V. Geethalakshmi 
Director, Directorate of Crop Management, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore

Mr. Rahul Nayar
Vice President, AGNIi, Invest India (Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser, Government of India/ PM-STIAC) 

Ms. Ruchi Jain
Founder, Taru Natural

Ms. Geetha Kannan, 

Founder and CEO, Wequity

Moderators:

Dr. Suchiradipta Bhattacharjee
STIP 2020 Secretariat

Mr. Aditya K. Kaushik
Sustainable Water Futures Programme

Hashtag

#AskSTIP2020Sustainability

Event Link

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P13: Science Communication

Date:

8 July 2020

Panelists:

Mr. Pallava Bagla
Photojournalist, New Frontiers in Science & Development

Dr. T V Venkateswaran
Senior Scientist, Vigyan Prasar

Ms. Subhra Priyadarshini
Chief Editor, Nature India

Mr. Rajendra S. Kondapalli
Director, Pulse Media Private Ltd

Dr. E Hemaprabha
Postdoctoral Fellow, Technion- Israel Institute of Technology

Moderators:

Ms. Zill-e-Anam
Science Policy Forum

Mr. Siddharth Kankaria
NCBS

Hashtag

#AskSTIP2020Communication

Event Link

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P14: Mega Science and International S&T Engagement

Date:

9 July 2020

Panelists:

Dr. Srikumar Banerjee
Homi Bhabha Chair Professor, Department of Atomic Energy, Govt. of India; and Former Director of BARC

Dr. BN Suresh
Chancellor, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram 

Dr. Archana Sharma
Principal Scientist, European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)

Dr. Sachin Chaturvedi
Director General, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), New Delhi 

Dr. Praveer Asthana
Head/Advisor, Mega Science Division, Department of Science Technology, Govt. of India

Moderators:

Dr. Nidhi Thakur
STIP 2020 Secretariat

Dr. B. Chagun Basha
Office of Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India

Hashtag

#AskSTIP2020International

Event Link

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P15: STI Policy Governance and Program Linkages

Date:

10 July 2020

Panelists:

Panelists:

Dr. Hiro Bhojwani
Former Director, Former Head Research Planning & Business Development, CSIR

Ms. Mugdha Sinha
Secretary S&T, Government of Rajasthan

Dr. Jatinder Kaur Arora
Executive Director, Punjab State Council for Science and Technology

Prof. Sujit Bhattacharya
Professor, AcSIR; Chief Scientist, CSIR-NISTADS

Moderators:

Dr. B. Chagun Basha
Office of Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India

Dr. Nimita Pandey
STIP 2020 Secretariat

Hashtag

#AskSTIP2020Policy

Event Link

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P16: Weather and Climate Research & Services in India

Date:

11 July 2020

Panelists:

Prof. SK Dash 
President, Indian Meteorological Society and Former Professor IIT Delhi

Dr M.Mohapatra
DG, Indian Meteorological Department, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India

Dr. Mamta Sharma
Principal Scientist and Team Leader, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)

Mr Vinson Kurian 
Senior Deputy Editor, The Hindu Business Line 

Prof. Anamika Barua
Professor, IIT Guwahati

Moderators:

Dr Akhilesh Gupta
Adviser, DST
Head, STIP2020 Secretariat 
(Moderator and Panelist)

Dr. Nimita Pandey
STIP 2020 Secretariat

Hashtag

#AskSTIP2020Climate

Event Link

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