Pune: Department of Science & Technology (DST) Secretary Ashutosh Sharma highlighted the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to address the challenges of the future at the 31st Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP) Forum Lecture on Thursday, 17th December. “Multidisciplinary approach is the foundation. The bifurcated disciplines are layers created just for our comfort. These can be demolished as they run out of steam,” Secretary Sharma pointed out at the lecture on ‘The Art of Science in the Brave New World’ held virtually on Thursday, 17th December.
He added that the future of science & technology is only about the convergence of different technology streams. “Though it is not possible to predict the exact product or technology that would arise in future, it is possible to predict the directions in which the technology would be going, based on how the minds of human beings work,” he explained.
“Covid-19 has reminded us that the disruptive changes are coming at us at an exponential rate. It is a brave world that we are living in today because we have to negotiate the change. In order to negotiate the changes in the new world, we need to negotiate the demands of the technology,” Secretary Sharma stressed.
He also spoke on the necessity of sharing information and knowledge, which is going to define the future for all times to come. “Industry 4.0 is about controlling the flow of data, information, and knowledge,” he said.
R. Ramanan, Mission Director, Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), Govt. of India, presided over the session. Bhaskar Balakrishnan, Science Diplomacy Fellow at RIS, New Delhi, Former Ambassador of India, and Purnima Rupal, Director, CEFIPRA, were also present at the lecture.
The monthly series of public lectures has been launched by the Science Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP) Forum to encourage public discourse on science, technology, and innovation policy in collaboration with the Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research (CEFIPRA), Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), The Energy Resources Institute (TERI). Vigyan Prasar, and India Habitat Centre (IHC).
This information was provided by the Communications Team at the Dept. of Science & Technology, Ministry of Science & Technology.
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