Topic: Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.
7. What do understand by Scientific social responsibility (SSR)? Discuss the need and significance of having a dedicated policy to ensure SSR is achieved in a right manner .(250 words)
Why this question:
Science outreach programme was on the agenda on the third day of the 107th Indian Science congress. Central government has a plan to launch a
Programme on implementing scientific social responsibility (SSR).
Key demand of the question:
Discuss in detail the aspects of SSR and its importance. Explain why the country needs a dedicated policy to ensure SSR is in place.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer:
Define what is SSR – The ethical obligation of knowledge workers in all fields of science and technology to voluntarily contribute their knowledge and resources to the widest spectrum of stakeholders in society.
Explain in detail the significance of SSR.
To encourage science and technology (S&T) institutions and individual scientists in the country to proactively engage in science outreach activities to connect science with the society.
To harness latent potential of the scientific community for strengthening linkages between science and society, and for making S&T ecosystem vibrant.
To develop a mechanism for ensuring access to scientific knowledge, transferring benefits of science to meet societal needs, promoting collaborations to identify problems and develop solutions.
Explain the need for a dedicated policy to ensure SSR is in place.
Discuss the highlights of the draft policy dedicated to SSR.
Conclude with need and significance of SSR; When most research is being done by using taxpayers’ money, the scientific establishment has an ethical obligation of “giving back” to the society. SSR is not only about scientific impact upon society but also about the social impact upon science. SSR would therefore strengthen the knowledge ecosystem and bring efficiencies in harnessing science for the benefit of society.