Shambhavi Naik

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Vaccine diplomacy post-Covid-19

Vaccine diplomacy is state-led action of leveraging vaccine expertise for furthering foreign policy goals. These goals can range from maintaining ties between nations, burnishing an international reputation, or developing influence within a region. A robust framework can aid in the...

DNA Technology Regulation Bill: Will the Standing Committee’s concerns about privacy, capacity be addressed by Parliament?

This article first appeared in Firstpost The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2019 is listed for consideration in the ongoing budget session of the Parliament. The Bill is aiming to create a DNA Regulatory Board to oversee the...

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...

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...

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...

STIP2020: A wish-list, not a policy

This article first appeared in IndiaTogether The COVID-19 experience has brought attention to the importance of science, technology and innovation. Researchers facilitated the rapid understanding of a new virus. Technology underpinned efforts for curbing the spread of the disease. Entrepreneurship...

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.

My wish list of health and life science policies for 2021

The year 2020 has emphasised the need to pay attention to health and life sciences in India. There is an urgent requirement to increase public funding and facilitate private sector funding in both fundamental and translational research. However, along with...

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...
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