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Global Go To Think Tank Index (GGTTI) 2020 launched                    111,75 Think Tanks across the world ranked in different categories.                SDPI is ranked 90th among “Top Think Tanks Worldwide (non-US)”.           SDPI stands 11th among Top Think Tanks in South & South East Asia & the Pacific (excluding India).            SDPI notches 33rd position in “Best New Idea or Paradigm Developed by A Think Tank” category.                SDPI remains 42nd in “Best Quality Assurance and Integrity Policies and Procedure” category.              SDPI stands 49th in “Think Tank to Watch in 2020”.            SDPI gets 52nd position among “Best Independent Think Tanks”.                           SDPI becomes 63rd in “Best Advocacy Campaign” category.                   SDPI secures 60th position in “Best Institutional Collaboration Involving Two or More Think Tanks” category.                       SDPI obtains 64th position in “Best Use of Media (Print & Electronic)” category.               SDPI gains 66th position in “Top Environment Policy Tink Tanks” category.                SDPI achieves 76th position in “Think Tanks With Best External Relations/Public Engagement Program” category.                    SDPI notches 99th position in “Top Social Policy Think Tanks”.            SDPI wins 140th position among “Top Domestic Economic Policy Think Tanks”.               SDPI is placed among special non-ranked category of Think Tanks – “Best Policy and Institutional Response to COVID-19”.                                            Owing to COVID-19 outbreak, SDPI staff is working from home from 9am to 5pm five days a week. All our staff members are available on phone, email and/or any other digital/electronic modes of communication during our usual official hours. You can also find all our work related to COVID-19 in orange entries in our publications section below.    The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) is pleased to announce its Twenty-third Sustainable Development Conference (SDC) from 14 – 17 December 2020 in Islamabad, Pakistan. The overarching theme of this year’s Conference is Sustainable Development in the Times of COVID-19. Read more…       FOOD SECIRITY DASHBOARD: On 4th Nov, SDPI has shared the first prototype of Food Security Dashboard with Dr Moeed Yousaf, the Special Assistant to Prime Minister on  National Security and Economic Outreach in the presence of stakeholders, including Ministry of National Food Security and Research. Provincial and district authorities attended the event in person or through zoom. The dashboard will help the government monitor and regulate the supply chain of essential food commodities.

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Published Date: Apr 8, 2021

Towards results-oriented national Science, Technology and Innovation (ST&I) policy: Bridging stakeholders’ equitable involvement

Introduction

The main focus of our national science, technology & innovation (ST&I) policy has been on the development of ST&I planning and management, human source development, indigenous technology, technology transfer, creation of absorptive capacity and international cooperation as well as identifying and developing priority “Thrust Areas.” (Ministry of Science and Technology [MoST] 2012). Developing knowledge of science & technology and transferring the same to green & clean products’ production, is also considered fundamental to a ST&I policy, leading to sustainable socio-economic progress. Knowledge is never centered at one place or with one person, be it in a developed or developing country. Greater is the stakeholders’ involvement and opportunities for their proactive participation, more is the collective knowledge & wisdom achieved, in addressing issues & challenges towards national development and citizen welfare. The diverse knowledge put to-gather help minimize shortcomings & enhance quality from multiple aspects of any products/technologies, so developed, produced and employed in this age of fierce competition around, at all levels. Transforming of S&T knowledge to a product may be a one-step laboratory bench scale process but taking it to a competitive market, adds on a pilot scale production phase, the success of which define as an acceptable quality, low-cost and market demand (existing or to be developed), finally lead it to the commercial scale production for an open market.