New initiatives such as ‘Make in India, ‘Skill India’, Digital India’ and ‘Start Up India’ call for harnessing science, technology and innovation to meet multiple objectives. The central role of innovation in furthering economic development and employment generation is obvious. The government and the political leadership have also shown eagerness to make India a global leader in science and technology so that the gains from S&T could result in positive outcomes in different sectors including industry, agriculture, health care and education. This necessitates using the potential of national innovation system comprising R&D institutions, including universities, technology institutions, industry, government and other policy making bodies.
RIS as a policy research think tank, is committed to explore and understand science-society connect. Keeping this broad perspective in view, RIS, in collaboration with India Habitat Centre (IHC), and prominent institutions working on S&T issues, including The Energy Research Institute (TERI), Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research (IFCPAR/CEFIPRA) and Vigyan Prasar has launched the Science Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP) Forum..