Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life. Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.
3) Review of its State Science and Technology Councils (SSTC) Programme by the government of India is a step forward in decentralization of the agenda of science and democratization of access to science and its methods, which was long overdue. Comment.(250 words)
Why this question:
The article discusses the importance of decentralization of Science and access to science in the development of the country.
Key demand of the question:
One has to discuss the significance that the State Science and Technology Councils (SSTC) Programme holds for Indian advancement in science, in decentralizing access to science and its benefits.
Comment– here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.
Structure of the answer:
In brief explain the significance of science in general to the country.
Explain in detail first the features of State Science and Technology Councils (SSTC) Programme.
Discuss why is it important that the State Science and Technology Councils (SSTC) Programme be reviewed – The SSTCs were formed to spearhead the use of science and technology (S&T) for regional problems and to foster “scientific temper” within states, and the DST programme was mandated “to provide core support”.
Discuss how it helps address the developmental problems and other issues, also discuss the hurdles or challenges associated.
Conclude with way forward.