According to the Draft Science, Technology, Innovation Policy (STIP), 2020, benchmarks will be developed for ‘ease of doing research’ to ensure adequate funding for research activities in India, increase accountability and create less bureaucracy.
It states that in addition to the primary activity of conducting research, researchers must also spend a large amount of their time and resources on administrative activities related to the projects.
Journal paywalls, and the lack of data and knowledge sharing impedes their ability to conduct research activities independently and easily.
The benchmark for “ease of doing research” will be developed so that research activities are adequately funded, there is less bureaucracy and accountability is in both directions, it is donor and receiver, “the policy states.
“Researchers to reduce administrative burden on digital platforms. And e-governance will be used for grant management – all activities from awards, funding and utilization of grants to measurement of research output, ”it states.
International best practices of grant management will also be explored according to the document.
In addition, access and sharing of knowledge and resources will be improved through the use of online platforms that implement open-data and open-access policies, and by enabling access to journals and databases, the draft states.
It further states that the emphasis will be on connecting the invention and innovation ecosystem. “Weakness in the invention and innovation ecosystem will be identified for conducting research in the market and community. The invention draws both knowledge from the system as well as the knowledge push required from the innovation ecosystem to achieve the goal of a vibrant research and development ecosystem in India, ”it adds.
The Department of Science and Technology (DST), in collaboration with the Office of the Principal Scientific Advisor, started the process of preparing the STIP, 2020 last year. The policy was supposed to be out by the end of the year, but has been delayed due to the coronovirus epidemic.
The draft STIP has been uploaded by DST on its website and has also invited suggestions, inputs and comments by January 25 to make changes to it.
STAY TUNED WITH US FOR MORE INTERESTING CONTENT ONLY ON DESINEW.XYZ