The Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD) and the Tata Trusts have announced a major partnership through which the recently established IITD School of Public Policy, the first of its kind in India, will become a world-class hub of public policy research and education on issues at the intersection of science and technology (S&T) and development. The School intends to contribute to improved policy-making such that the Indian S&T enterprise can better meet the country’s developmental priorities and also address major global challenges. The partnership with the Tata Trusts will significantly strengthen the School to achieve this vision by enhancing its intellectual ecosystem and its effectiveness to engage with existing and emerging policy issues.
The School is in the process of recruiting its first crop of faculty members. To begin with, it is focusing on six broad overlapping topics: internet, digital information and society; industry and economy; energy and environment; agriculture, food, and water; health innovations and systems; and sustainable habitats. The School will also explore cross-cutting themes of technical higher education as well as examine various facets of science, technology and innovation policies, processes, institutions, governance, and societal acceptance. The School will offer its own programmes at the graduate levels, contribute to the IITD undergraduate education, and also provide training opportunities for practitioners.
“Science and technology increasingly occupy a central place in national economies, societies and even our personal lives. Accordingly, how to reap the wide-ranging potential benefits of S&T, while being cognizant of, and minimizing, potential negative consequences is a major public policy challenge of our times. The School of Public Policy aims to contribute to this through generation of new knowledge and ideas, training of students, scholars, practitioners, and engagement with the broader citizenry. The unique partnership with the Tata Trusts will be of enormous help by supporting a range of activities to underpin these objectives and help us move forward quickly. We also greatly appreciate their confidence in us by partnering at such an early stage of the School. ” – Prof Ambuj Sagar, head of School of Public Policy, IIT Delhi.
It is expected that the academic efforts of the school will not only be helpful to policymakers in government agencies but also other entities such as philanthropy, foundations and business enterprises as the impact and influence of Public Policy is broad based. The School of Public Policy will also play a crucial role in helping fulfill the Institute’s broader responsibility of enhancing citizen engagement and enriching public debate on scientific and technological advances that are shaping the world around us.
Source – Press Release.