Insight from Civil Society Engaging
with Science and Technology
held at Hyderabad
Central University, Gacchibowli,
August 3-4, 2007
have three representations of the goingson at the workshop - the oral
presentations, the written papers and the powerpoint slide shows..
you follow the links on this page, we first take you to the
outline of each session and from there to the oral presentations and a
themewise summary of the plenary sessions.
If you which to go to
the workshop proceesdings, as it happened, you can go to the
schedule which will take you to the session.
In each presentation, there are links to the written papers, as well as the ppts.
The first session focuses on Civil Society and the general policy environment.
It starts with M V Sastri’s note on policy spaces and Sreekumar’s note
on Prayas’ experience in the power sector, Rukmini Rao shares how
women’s movements have been engaging with policy issues. Sagar Dhara
will then raise the larger question of how we need to look at policies
in the light of large-scale environmental destruction.
The second session will broadly focus on Civil Society experiences with policy-making.
Here we have Kalamani speaking on CWS'experience on Panchayati Raj
institutions and Gender. Suryakumari from Centre for Peoples'Forestry
shares how civil society and the state have worked together on Joint
Forest Management, Dr. Madhulika Bannerjee focuses on civil society
groups'engagement in Ayurveda, Ramchandrudu on similar kind of efforts
and discussions on policy guidelines for watershed and Shibu Nair on
the experience of the zero waste effort in Thiruvanantapuram in Kerala.
The post lunch session will be on the broad theme of Institutional change and civil society.
There are talks by Professor Sanghi on Institutional spaces and
Community Based Organisations, Ramanjaneyelu on issues relating to the
scaling up of Non Pesticidal Management (NPM) by his organisation,
Centre for Sustainable Agriculture (CSA) along with the Watershed
Support Services and Activities Network (WASSAN), Chitra will then
share some of their ideas on whether it is possible to look at
irrigation infrastructure from the people point of view. Harish
examines some issues relating to the mainstreaming of indigenous
systems of medicine. . And John, a late entrant, will put in some ideas
on Laurie Baker and his work on architecture.The last session is on science and democracy.
In this, Dinesh Mishra will speak on how the "expert" can sometimes be
a burden as in the case of the floods that we witnessed in Bihar and
other parts of the country. Haribabu will share some ideas on the 11th
plan in the Policy context. Debasis and I have a small note on
the relationship of democracy and the 11th Plan. Sridhar will speak a
little bit about agriculture research in the 11th plan. We then have
Kavitha speaking on some of her work on agricultural research and
experiences from the Centre for Sustainable Agriculture’s engagement
with the agricultural establishment. Ramasubrahmaniam will speak on
technology democracy in the context of the recent experiment that he
has had with farmers groups.After the presentations, we had small group discussions.
We had a plenary after which we once again divided into theme
areas, and held discussions in smaller groups. All
these discussions along with relevant portions of the presentation have
been put together themes wise as Plenary notesWe concluded the workshop with a panel discussion on the theme "How science and technology policies can be more people friendly". The main speakers were N. K. Sanghi , M.V Sastri , Prajit Basu, Shiv Visvanathan and Walter Mendoza