NIAS-DST Training programme on "Policy for Science and Science for Policies" for Directors/Divisional Heads

The National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) has been organizing with support from the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, training programmesto provide the orientation and planning skills required for scientists/ technocrats of the country, and in particular, to offer views of the broader scientific, economic, social and cultural milieu in which the Indian scientific enterprise could develop in this century. The large pool of scientific and technical manpower in many Indian institutions has not had the benefit of either induction training or a system of regular in-service training that are available to other cadre-based services. In order to bridge this gap, this Programme which is now fourth in the series for scientist-administrators and technologists at the Director / Divisional Head position from various scientific organizations in the country will focus on the theme ‘Policy for Science and Science for Policies’. The Course will be conducted during November 16-20, 2015 and the course coordinator is Dr. Lalitha Sundaresan. Consistent with the mission of NIAS, its courses emphasize the development of leadership qualities through the integration of multidisciplinary knowledge.

The training methodology includes sessions on ‘Yoga’ practice from health point of view, introduction, lectures (including Inaugural and Valedictory), group presentations by the participants, visit to lab / organization / NGO, cultural programme and feedback. The defining feature of lecture pattern in our courses consists of interactive sessions with distinguished faculty drawn from different organizations and occupations. The general format is a presentation for 45 minutes followed by lively discussions for 45 minutes. The participants would be encouraged to interact as widely as possible with the speakers.

The programme will draw speakers from across the nation to address some of the following:

  • Managing Science and Technology Science Policy in India 
  • Technology Policy Priorities for India Science Policy and Security

NIAS has unique infrastructural facilities like accommodation, dining hall, library, auditorium (lecture hall), rest rooms, browsing centres, campus with good ambience. Since the programme is residential course, NIAS will arrange boarding and lodging facilities. In view of this, it is necessary that all the participants stay in the campus. In addition, the outstation participants will be provided with transport for their pick-up and drop.

The participants will range from various institutions like DST, DRDO, DAE, ISRO, ICMR, ICAR, CSIR, DSIR and Universities. No participation fee is involved for attending this essentially residential programme. Only the travel expenses from Head Quarters to Bangalore and back are to be met by the nominating organizations as stipulated by DST. Participation in this Programme is limited to 25 individuals. The eligible nominees are requested to apply in the enclosed ‘Nomination Form’ duly recommended by the controlling Officer of the Department or Organization latest by October 9, 2015 along with ‘Bio-data’ as per the enclosed format to the address given below:

Mr. P Srinivasa Aithal
Head Administration
National Institute of Advanced Studies
Indian Institute of Science Campus,
Bangalore 560 012.
Tel: 080-22185020 Fax: 080 22185028


Saturday, November 7, 2015 to Wednesday, November 11, 2015