Harmonising science and society

The Centre for Society and Policy (CSP) is a policy research centre based at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. Established in November 2018, as an interdisciplinary centre for science and technology policy, the centre explores interactions between science, technology, society, and development. The Indian Institute of Science has been at the forefront of cutting-edge research in the various disciplines of science and technology. With the establishment of a policy centre, the institute extends its impact of S&T research by looking at the multitude interrelationships between S&T research and policy.

The CSP today addresses several policy agendas including sustainable futures, intellectual property rights, genetic engineering and health, smart cities, livelihood and water futures, informal economic systems, data security, and data economics. The centre is committed to policy engagement and impacting policy at all stages of S&T research.

“Science in the 21st century is about expanding the social compact, that is, honouring the implicit agreement between science and society to work together for sustainability, and mutual benefit.”
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Prof. Anjula Gurtoo
Chairperson, Centre for Society and Policy

Some Articles of Interest

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: A Mathematical Model Investigates Differing Outcomes Among CoVID-19 Patients

By S Sahoo, S Jhunjhunwala, and M K Jolly – October 2020

Interview with Dr Mohit Kumar Jolly

By Shreya Venkatesan and Akshita Mittal – September 2020

Why Reviving Midday Meals Is A Must

By Anjula Gurtoo, Nidhi Sharma, and Deepika Swami – September 17th, 2020

Realigning sustainability in the post-pandemic world

By Anjula Gurtoo and Rahul Patil – July 2020, Vol. 13, Iss. 04

Single-Cell RNA-seq Identifies Cell Subsets in Human Placenta That Highly Expresses Factors Driving Pathogenesis of SARS-CoV-2

By Ashary N, Bhide A, Chakraborty P, Colaco S, Mishra A, Chhabria K, Jolly MK, and Modi D – August 19th, 2020

When a Covid-19 vaccine is discovered, will it be freely available and be affordable to all?

By Anjula Gurtoo and Rahul Patil – July 15th, 2020

Will the CoVID-19 pandemic change the IP domain for the better?

By Anjula Gurtoo and Rahul Patil – May 21st, 2020

Mechanistic modeling of the SARS-CoV-2 and immune system interplay unravels design principles for diverse clinicopathological outcomes

By S Sahoo, K Hari, S Jhunjhunwala, and M K Jolly – May 2020

Entrepreneurship should begin in school. 

By Aravind Chinchure – February 10, 2020

How do science and policy intersect? Harvard professor explains. 

Prof Jasanoff was interviewed by Haripriya – January 22, 2020

Intellectual Property Models for Accelerating Sustainability Transitions

An Analysis of Sustainable Intellectual Property Models
Using clean energy for boosting circular economy

Policy Research in Science and Technology

Addressing policy agendas for cutting edge research
Sustainable futures, IPR, emerging technologies, urban development, entrepreneurship and more

The Akshay Patra Research
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Children food security policy development and advocacy
Food security, community participation, elimination of malnutrition, and more

Feature articles on COVID-19

A series of publications on a range of policy issues in the wake of Covid19 pandemic:

Realigning Sustainability in the Post-pandemic World

by Anjula Gurtoo and Rahul Patil

As the Covid19 pandemic spreads into more regions, the national priorities are moving towards supporting the stretched health systems, hard-hit small business owners and the labor force working in various sectors. National governments are working overtime to ensure the availability of basics like food, water and sanitation to their population. Redistributive actions, hence, have become the focus. With the general belief that the pandemic will continue for some time, though hopefully in a minor capacity, what will sustainability look like in the post Covid19 world?

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The article is featured in TERI’s TerraGreen, July 2020, Vol. 13, Iss. 04, pp. 12-19. To read this, log on to terragreen.teriin.org.

Effective public health data sharing in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

by Anjula Gurtoo and Inder S Gopal

The unprecedented crisis caused by COVID-19 has triggered several discussions on the long term global public health uncertainties. One of the critical resources leading the solution to these issues is Data. Experts from around the world are highlighting the criticality of publicly and privately owned health information that can be freely used, without unnecessary national or international legal restrictions on access or usage. The COVID-19 crisis has brought forth the practical benefits of sharing accurate and trusted public health and pandemic related data.

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Emerging preferences in intellectual property – Lessons from the COVID-19 crisis

by Anjula Gurtoo and Rahul Patil

The coronavirus pandemic has spurred some unusual initiatives in the intellectual property (IP) domain. The open COVID pledge by several companies and universities in order to galvanize the development of treatment and cures for COVID-19, ensures everyone has access to the technology needed to mass-produce masks, ventilators, and testing kits. Numerous recent legislative developments around the world are laying the foundation for compulsory licensing of COVID-19 related patents. The initiatives aim to improve accessibility to innovations that could play a strong part in dealing with a critical global issue. However, these global cooperation-based initiatives open the IP domain to several critical discussions.

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Will the COVID-19 Pandemic Change the IP Domain for the Better?

by Anjula Gurtoo and Rahul Patil

Several companies and universities have signed the ‘open COVID pledge‘ to encourage development of treatments and cures for COVID-19. The pledge assures researchers of access to the technology needed to mass-produce masks, ventilators and testing kits. The development of COVID-19 diagnostic kits only a few weeks after the outbreak began is an example of this global cooperation. We have also seen international cooperation in sharing medicines. Governments have also actively stepped into the patent system with discussions of compulsory licensing and creating public patent pools.

[Published by The Wire; full text here]

Resolving The COVID-19 Induced Migrant Crisis

by Anjula Gurtoo

The nationwide lockdown in India from 21 March 2020 has disproportionately impacted nearly 40 million daily waging, internal migrants. Loss of livelihood was the direct impact of the lockdown, indirectly impacting their food, health and life security. With minimal or no savings, most of them were unable to pay rent, buy food, and buy medical supplies for the ill and the elderly.

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Criticality of Midday Meals for School Children Post COVID-19

by Deepika Swami and Anjula Gurtoo

Food insecurity and poor nutrition are the major challenges in developing countries, specially India. In India, 14% population is undernourished, 38% of children under five are stunted, 21% are wasted and 51% of women in their reproductive age i.e., 15-49 years are anaemic which depicts the vulnerable state of child health and nutrition in India. India’s Mid-Day Meal (MDM) scheme which is the largest school feeding program in world, has proved to be quite effective in improving the child health and nutrition by alleviating classroom hunger and fulfilling the daily dietary requirements of children.

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When a Covid-19 vaccine is discovered, will it be freely available and be affordable to all?

by Anjula Gurtoo and Rahul Patil

Is there a way to ensure easy and affordable access to the vaccine without trampling on the rights of the investor and the inventor?

The search for a vaccine to halt the Covid-19 pandemic is proceeding feverishly. Governments, industry and philanthropists are pouring funds into a multitude of vaccine development and manufacturing projects. Both conventional as well as less-explored technologies are being applied to develop a vaccine. At this intensity, a vaccine could be ready to take to market by mid-2021, some experts say.

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The article is featured in The Scroll, on July 15, 2020. To read this, log on to scroll.in.

Why Reviving Midday Meals Is A Must

by Anjula Gurtoo, Nidhi Sharma and Deepika Swami

Over 9.12 crore underprivileged children get their daily nutrition from the midday-meal scheme, which has been disrupted by the pandemic. The pandemic has induced a food crisis (hunger, and undernutrition), especially in children from low-income families, which requires immediate attention. It further discusses case study on impact assessment of MDMS on child health and nutrition along with defining ‘Normal’ and preparedness for the post-pandemic world

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The article is featured in Outlook Poshan, September 17th, 2020. To read this, log on to poshan.outlookindia.com.

Interview with Dr Mohit Kumar Jolly

by Shreya Venkatesan and Akshita Mittal

Earlier this month, Anvesha had the opportunity to interview Dr Mohit Kumar Jolly, Assistant Professor at the Centre for BioSystems, Science and Engineering, IISc Bangalore. Dr Jolly is a co-founder of IIT Kanpur’s science magazine, and continues to participate in the field of science-communication by training others in the field. He is also an associate faculty at the Centre for Society and Policy, IISc. Anvesha had the pleasure of hosting Dr Jolly for a talk on science-communication back in February of this year, which was a grand event that was very well received by the participants. The interview was conducted by Shreya Venkatesan (SV) and Akshita Mittal (AM) from BS-MS Batch ‘19. The interview was transcribed by SV, AM, and Balaram Vishnu Subramani from BS-MS Batch ‘17 at IISER TVM.

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The interview is featured in Anvesha, September 2020. To read this, log on to Anvesha.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: A Mathematical Model Investigates the Differing Outcomes Among CoVID-19 Patients

by Sarthak Sahoo, Siddharth Jhunjhunwala & Mohit Kumar Jolly

The disease caused by SARS-CoV-2—CoVID-19—is a global pandemic that has brought severe changes worldwide. Approximately 80% of the infected patients are largely asymptomatic or have mild symptoms such as fever or cough, while rest of the patients display varying degrees of severity of symptoms, with an average mortality rate of 3–4%. Severe symptoms such as pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome may be caused by tissue damage, which is mostly due to aggravated and unresolved innate and adaptive immune response, often resulting from a cytokine storm…

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The article is featured in Journal of the Indian Institute of Science, October 2020. To read this, log on to Springer.

S&T Policy Events of Interest

Panel Discussion on the Future and Promise of Artificial Intelligence

28th February 2020 | Venue: CSP Seminar Hall, Bangalore

This panel discussion will explore strategic approaches to be adopted by India for accelerated diffusion of artificial intelligence considering its potential to transform economies. It will further focus on NITI Aayog’s three-pronged approach of national strategy on artificial intelligence. More particularly, it will examine important issues like ethics, bias and privacy issues relating to AI across sectors like agriculture, health and education.

Contact CSP Office [More Details]

Panel Discussion on Data Economics and Policy

14th February 2020 | Venue: Faculty Hall Main Building, IISc Bangalore | Time: 3:30 to 5:30 pm

This panel discussion will explore the economic, policy, legal, regulatory, standardization issues involved in using public data to generate public good. The data under consideration includes IOT data from smart city sensors, video data from surveillance cameras, legal and property records, data from cellular providers and similar. The Economist has (somewhat optimistically) estimated that this data will generate 1.7T$ of economic value by 2025. This panel discussion will examine the issues that are pertinent to making this claim a reality.

Contact CSP Office [More Details]

Workshop on Communicating Research to Non-experts

18th January 2020 | Venue: CSP Seminar Hall, Bangalore

The need to acquire the skills to communicate one’s research to non-experts is being increasingly
recognized by all stakeholders involved in research and development – funding agencies, journals,
academic universities, as well as industries. Learning these skills is absolutely crucial today due to
three recent changes in the professional landscape of graduate students.

Registration open for highly motivated doctoral researchers from all disciplines

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Workshop on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

26th to 27th July 2019 | Venue: CSP Seminar Hall, Bangalore

The workshop will equip academic institutions to set up their own incubation centre and IP Cell in the area of science and technology.

Registration open for institutions and academicians

Contact CSP Office [More Details]

Brochure and registration details

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