NIAS Wednesday Discussion: "Science, Technology and Society; Role of Political Leadership" by S S Meenakshisundaram,JRD Tata Auditorium, NIAS, 0930 hrs

NIAS Wednesday Discussion

(As part of the NIAS-DST Training Programme on

Multidisciplinary Perspectives on “Science Technology and Society”)


“Science, Technology and Society; Role of Political Leadership”



S S Meenakshisundaram

Visiting Professor, NIAS 


Chairperson: Narendar Pani,  Professor, NIAS UNDP Policy Research Initiative on Inequality and Human Development,  


 20th December 2017, 9.30 am, JRD Tata Auditorium, NIAS


Abstract:  Politics is an indispensable part of democracy.  Political leadership is in general responsible not only for policy making but also for its implementation for the benefit of the people, particularly the poor.  How do we keep them engaged with policy making in Science and Technology?  What does the society expect from the political class?  What does the politician want from the scientists to fulfill these expectations?  Do we have a conflict of interest or can we find a way to complement each other?

This lecture attempts to explore answers to these questions on the basis of the experience gained in working with politicians for over three decades.

About the Speaker: Dr. SS Meenakhisundaram has worked as Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister of Karnataka and Joint Secretary to three Prime Ministers of India. He also served as Adviser in the Planning Commission and Secretary in the Ministry of Rural Development. He is currently the Chairman of MYRADA, a voluntary organization specializing in the field of building people's institutions for development. He also held a number of assignments including Secretary, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Department when Karnataka launched its new system of panchayati raj institutions. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, United Kingdom for one year. Besides several articles and papers on Panchayati raj and Rural Development, he has also published a book on “Decentralization in Developing Countries” with special reference to Nigeria, China and India during 1994. He is a post-graduate in Mathematics from Loyola College, Madras and holds a Ph.D. in Development Economics from Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi. He joined the Karnataka cadre of the Indian Administrative Service in 1968. Currently, he is Visiting Professor at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore.


All are cordially invited

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For further info, please contact Sangeetha Menon [ or] Coordinator of NIAS Wednesday Discussion Meetings

Wednesday, December 20, 2017