scientific-social-responsibility

Context:

Department of Science and Technology (DST) has released a draft of its proposed Scientific Social Responsibility (SSR) policy recently.

Scientific Social Responsibility (SSR) Policy

  • Objectives:
    • The main objective of SSR policy is to harness the voluntary potential that is latent in the country’s scientific community to strengthen science and society linkages so as to make the S & T ecosystem vibrant. 
  • Salient features
    • Individual scientists or knowledge workers will be required to devote at least 10 person-days of SSR per year for exchanging scientific knowledge to society. 
    • It also recognizes the need to provide incentives for outreach activities with necessary budgetary support. 
    • It has also been proposed to give credit to knowledge workers/scientists for individual SSR activities in their annual performance appraisal and evaluation. 
    • No institution would be allowed to outsource or sub-contract their SSR activities and projects.
    • A central agency will be established at DST to implement the SSR.
    • For implementation of the policy, a national portal will be developed up to capture societal needs requiring scientific interventions and as a platform for implementers and for reporting SSR activities.
    • India is going to be possibly the first country in the world to implement a Scientific Social Responsibility (SSR) Policy on the lines of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

 

Scientific Social Responsibility (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, in a spirit of service and conscious reciprocity.