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All Things Policy: Does India’s Vaccine Diplomacy Work?

 India has practiced vaccine diplomacy during COVID-19, engaging its ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy. But are there advantages in extending this diplomacy beyond COVID-19? Pranathi Rao and Shambhavi Naik discuss the benefits, risks and opportunities for India’s vaccine diplomacy. Pranathi Rao is a research intern working with Takshashila.

All Things Policy: A New Law for Assisted Reproductive Technology?

 Last week, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare came up with a report on the Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill, 2020 which was introduced in Lok Sabha on 14 September 2020. The Bill seeks to provide for the regulation of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) services in...

All Things Policy: Is it Safe to Breathe in India?

 A new report from air technology company IQAir concludes that despite an 11% reduction in PM2.5 levels, India emerged as the world’s third-most polluted country. India’s air quality has serious ramifications for both public health and the economy at large. Shambhavi Naik and Sunila Dixit discuss the findings of...

All Things Policy: Does the Government Spend as Promised?

 Does the government’s demand for funds actually match the outcomes it has promised? The department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science & Technology has tabled its report on the demand for grants by the seven ministries and departments under its purview. Sarthak Pradhan, Pradeep Mohandas and Shambhavi Naik discuss the...

All Things Policy: Citizen Science – A Solution to Fake Information?

The COVID-19 pandemic brought along with it increased transmission of disinformation as well. Can ‘citizen science’ offer solutions? Sunila Dixit talks to Surat Parvatam and Suryesh Namdeo about the concept of ‘citizen science’ and how it can be used effectively to develop scientific awareness. Surat Parvatam is a Senior Research...

All Things Policy: The Strange World of Serina

 Imagine a world of endless meadow and hills, lit by the glow of a nearby gas giant. Here, over hundreds of millions of years, birds evolve into a dizzying array of strange shapes and forms reminiscent of the grandeur and diversity of life on earth. Anirudh Kanisetti joins Shambhavi...

All Things Policy: Can India Meet Its COVID-19 Vaccination Target?

 Will India be able to cover its target population for COVID-19 vaccination? What issues is India facing during vaccination? Which vaccines are being approved? Sunila Dixit and Shambhavi Naik discuss these questions and more.

All Things Policy: Will the DNA Bill do More Harm than Good?

The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill has been listed for consideration in the Budget session. Shambhavi Naik and Sunila Dixit discuss the bill’s benefits and risks in light of the recently tabled Parliamentary Standing Committee’s report.

All Things Policy: How to Foster Science and Tech in India

 The Draft 5th Science, Technology and Innovation Policy 2020 outlines a grand vision for Indian science over the coming years. But is it a feasible one? Aditya Ramanathan and Shambhavi Naik discuss the ideas proposed in this policy, and the questions it leaves unanswered.

All Things Policy: The Vaccine Update: India’s Rollout and Beyond

 As India launches the first phase of its COVID-19 vaccination programme, Shambhavi Naik talks to Rohan Seth about domestic and international developments, India’s vaccine diplomacy, and the crucial question of efficacy.
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