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Takshashila Issue Paper – Biobanking Policies in India

By Sunila Dixit1, Priyal Lyncia D’Almeida1, Manjulika Vaz2 and Shambhavi Naik1 1Takshashila Institution, Bengaluru 2Health & Humanities, St John’s Research Institute, St John’s National Academy of Health Sciences, Bengaluru Download this Issue Paper as a PDF Executive Summary Biobanks are set to become the norm as large scale datasets appear...

Takshashila Discussion Document – A National Epidemic Intelligence Service for India

Executive Summary The COVID-19 outbreak has demonstrated the need for India to develop its own capacity to assess emerging biological threats. Reliance on foreign inputs led to delayed actions such as airport closures or screening/quarantine of incoming travelers. We propose the formation of an Indian National Epidemic Intelligence Service to...

Takshashila Policy Advisory – Comments to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science and Technology, Environment, Forests and Climate Change on Demand for Grants (DFGs) in the Union Budget for FY 2021-22

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science and Technology, Environment, Forests and Climate Change invited comments on the Demand for Grants in Budget 2021-22. The following document presents an analysis of the overall budgetary trends across the concerned ministries and departments from the Financial Year (FY) 2015-2016 till date. It also...

The History of Vaccine Diplomacy

The Beginning, #1 In fields of diplomacy, vaccine diplomacy is a relatively novel subset, structured around using medicines, trained personnel, and scientific knowledge to support and further foreign policy. Of all the forms of diplomacy, this is surely the one that is most inextricably linked to kindness and courage, for...

Takshashila Blue Paper — A Framework for Governing Human Gene Editing in India

Download the Blue Paper in PDF [430 KB] This Blue Paper was prepared as a result of a roundtable discussion organised by the Takshashila Institution on 15 December 2017, based on the Discussion Document: A Framework for Governing Gene Editing. The discussion document developed an analytical framework to differentiate gene...

The big convergence challenge that we face in this new decade

We enter the third decade of this millennium amid rising doubts, risks and worries about technology, markets, nationalism, democracy and the world order. The unqualified enthusiasm for them that we saw in the past two decades has given way to concerns about what their right dosage is, and what, if...

Book – India’s Marathon: Reshaping the Post-Pandemic World Order

India’s Marathon: Reshaping the Post-Pandemic World Order Edited by: Pranay Kotasthane, Anirudh Kanisetti, and Nitin Pai. Contributors: Akshay Alladi, Alok Prasanna Kumar, Ameya Ashok Naik, Anupam Manur, Aparna Pande, Anirudh Kanisetti, Avinash M. Tripathi, Constantino Xavier, Jakob Urda, James M. Dorsey, Kartik Shanker, Manoj Kewalramani, Meera Anna Oommen, Nitin Pai, Pranay...

Takshashila Discussion SlideDoc – A Strategy to make India a Biotech Leader by 2025

Download the Discussion SlideDoc in PDF The biotechnology and healthcare sectors will underpin India’s effort to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, revive the economy and maintain long-term economic competitiveness. However, key internal challenges including regulatory opacity, supply chain friction, and shortage of quality talent need to be addressed. This document analyses...

The Compound Eye – The Epidemics Act 1987, Patanjali and STI policy 2020

Laws that Govern our Public Health Response to COVID-19  The on-going response to the COVID-19 outbreak in India has used lockdowns, quarantine measures and utilisation of apps for contact tracing. These policies have raised questions related to trade-offs between individual liberty and public health. Two laws that have been cited...

The Compound Eye – Belling the Cat, Asymptomatic Transmission and Continuing HCQ debate

Who Will Bell the Cat?  The World Health Assembly recently adopted a resolution to probe the zoonotic origins of Sars-CoV-2. China, which was earlier reluctant, eventually agreed to the WHO-led probe. A thorough probe is needed to ensure public health measures are taken to prevent a recurrence of this pandemic. While China...
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