The Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, has released two books on 19th National Technology Day function at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on 11th May, 2017.

The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India has been assiduously facilitating emergence and growth of tech start-ups, considering the critical role that such a trend plays in economic development. Major headway can be made in this area by nurturing the incubation system in the country. While the existing incubation space in the country is gaining momentum, DST took the onus of investigating the scenario so that best practices could be evolved for further strengthening and diversifying the incubation space.

DST, therefore, initiated a research study under the aegis of Policy Research Centre in S&T Entrepreneurship set up at the Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, Ahmedabad. This Research study on “Effectiveness, Efficacy and Sustainability of Incubators in India and Benchmarking them with Global Best Practices in the Incubation Space”, will fortify the incubation environ with result-oriented initiatives. The study has been undertaken with focus on the dynamics and experiences of selected incubators in the country and the findings are sure to evolve a stronger milieu.

The second book is “Inclusion of Technically Qualified Women with Mid-Career Break into Technopreneurial Activities – Understanding the Potential and the Constraints”. The contribution of women is absolutely necessary for the balanced development of any society. Currently, in India, less than a quarter of urban India’s workforce is women and there is a big pool of unrealized potential of women in Science and Technology that can contribute immensely to the economic development of the country.

The Policy Research Centre in S&T Entrepreneurship at Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, Ahmedabad has carried out a national study on inclusion of technically qualified women with mid-career break into technopreneurial activities. The report draws our attention towards the intellectual & economic potential of technically qualified women, which remains underutilized because of their meagre participation in the economic activities.

The study highlights that majority of the women with science & technology background, who take career break due to family responsibilities, are unable to return back to their jobs and face several professional and personal problems. The research discovers that majority of such women show strong inclination towards becoming technopreneurs. The research team has given findings and suggestions for policy measures to facilitate an increase in the female technopreneurial activity in the country.

The Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Secretary of Department of Science & Technology, Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Prof VijayRaghvan, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, and Dr. M. Rajeevan, Secretary, Ministry of Earth sciences were also present. Dr. Neeraj Sharma, Head Policy Research Center was also present with his team and Dr. Sunil Shukla, Director, EDII Ahmedabad and Prof. S.B. Sareen, Coordinator-DST Center for Policy Research at EDII Ahmedabad.