Bathinda; Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Technical University (MRSPTU), Bathinda, organized a webinar-with-consultation meeting on “Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP) -2020” in collaboration with the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology (PSCST).
The online webinar was part of the “State Consultation – Punjab (Track – III)” on strengthening the policy framework, which is part of the Indian government’s process to formulate a new national policy for science, technology and innovation (STIP 2020) .
The webinar aimed to exchange consultations with subject matter experts to strengthen the policy framework that provided the university with the platform, to gather recommendations, suggestions from dean (s), HOD (s), faculty members, research scientists and other stakeholders for the university’s new policy of the State / Government of India in relation to STIP – 2020.
Dr. Jasbir Singh Hundal thanked PSCST for the opportunity to give MRSPTU the opportunity to organize a virtual panel discussion on the STIP. The Dean of the University for Research and Development, Dr. Jasbir Singh Hundal, chaired the discussions and highlighted the main objectives of the webinar. He suggested that the expensive characterization equipment in instrumentation centers and library facilities should be made available to researchers by sharing the base between neighboring educational institutions.
At the opening of the webinar, MRSPTU, Vice Chancellor Prof. (Dr.) Mohan Paul Singh Ishar, praised the initiative and efforts of the central government and the PSCST to provide a more comprehensive consultation on STIP-2020. He said exploratory research to understand and explain natural phenomena and social behavior needs to continue along with efforts to understand the effects of various variables. However, the new STIP-2020 places a stronger emphasis on innovation and the translation of research.
Prof. Ishar further said that in order to foster the spirit of innovation, efforts must come from the school level along with educational changes. He stressed the need for policies to increase and promote research intensity in universities in order to achieve world-class standards and to direct research towards innovation. However, scientists and researchers need to venture outside the confines of institutions to interact with society and industry to understand their needs and problems, and efforts should be made to address these through research and innovation, he added.
In order to maximize the use of resources, Prof. Ishar emphasized the need for close cooperation between different research institutions through research clusters and the shared use of research institutions. It is also the duty of researchers to develop a close relationship with industry in order to build trust so that industry can invest in research and development activities. At the same time, the research that has been carried out at various universities and institutions must be revisited in collaboration with industry to find out which good ideas can be pursued further and lead to inventions, he said.
Dr. Ishar hoped that the new policy, with its decentralized form of education, will realign STIP in terms of priorities, sector orientation, nature of research and development of technologies for greater socio-economic well-being.
Dr. Jatinder Kaur Arora, Executive Director of the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology, also spoke about the various aspects of STIP-2020.
Prof. (Dr.) Savina Bansal, Dean of Academic Affairs at MRSPTU, said the new STIP is intended to fuel India’s growth engine through science and technology.
Dr. Ashish Baldi, Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technology: Dr. Kawaljit Singh Sandhu, Head, Food Science and Technology, Dr. Rahul Deshmukh, Head, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technology, and Dr. Pritpal Singh Bhullar, responsible University Business School (UBS) gave valuable thoughts, recommendations and ideas while attending the event along with faculty and academics. Dr. Bhupinder Singh, Director IT Enabled Services, and Harjinder Sidhu, Director Public Relations, also attended the webinar.
The experts also expressed concern about the neglect of research in higher education, which has resulted in very low research intensity. “The majority of our universities are teaching institutes where research is given a low priority due to lack of funds,” say experts.
In the end, researchers asked their questions, presented by Dr. Hundal were answered well, while Dr. R. K. Bakshi, Joint Director of PSCST, submitted a thank you vote.