The Dimensions And Roles of Science & Technology in India’s Foreign Policy

We are pleased to present a special talk on the role of science and technology in India’s foreign policy, on Tuesday the 2nd of May, at 5pm at Kanada Auditorium, JNCASR. The talk will be delivered by Dr. V. Siddhartha, an Emeritus Scientist at DRDO and Adjunct Faculty member in the International Strategic and Security Studies Programme, NIAS.

About the Speaker:
Dr. V. Siddhartha is an Emeritus Scientist in DRDO, and Adjunct Faculty member of the International Strategic and Security Studies Programme (ISSSP), NIAS. He has served as an advisor to the Ministries of Defence, External Affairs, and the various arms—CSIR, DRDO, ISRO—of the Science and Technology establishment of the Government of India, also serving as Secretary to the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister. He has also served the United Nations as part of an Expert Group on UNSC Resolution 1540 (on the non-proliferation of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons), and on the UN Environment Programme. He is a founder-member of the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore, and a member of several technology associations and bodies in the country.


The talk will dilate on those aspects of our country’s S&T ‘system’ that connect with her foreign policy. While doing so, the necessary distinction will be made between international collaborations in the country’s scientific and technological efforts, and those investments and contours of her S&T programmes that are influenced, or shaped, by India’s foreign policy.

The talk follows other pieces on similar topics:

  1.  “Space and Foreign Policy“, the seminal KPS Menon Memorial lecture by Prof. Satish Dhawan—one of the architects of India’s space programme—delivered in 1988. (KPS Menon was a distinguished Foreign Secretary of India;  his grandson is Shiv Shankar Menon, who also served a FS and subsequently as National Security Adviser to PM Manmohan Singh.)
  2. Global partnerships in scientific research and international mega-science projects“, an essay in Current Science by Prof V.S. Ramamurthy, a former Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology of the Government of India.
  3. Synthetic Biology in India: Issues in Risk, Power, and Governance“, an RIS Discussion Paper by Ravi Srinivas

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