Scientific social responsibility guidelines for scientists in India
NEW DELHI (INDONESIA) – CSR: Every scientist in the country is expected to devote at least 10 days per year to ‘scientific social responsibility’ (SSR), and such voluntary individual activities, in addition to normal work, would be accorded sufficient weightage in their yearly performance evaluation. This clause is part of the science ministry’s SSR guidelines, which were released in the spirit of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and aim to utilise the scientific community’s capabilities in attaining societal goals.
“SSR aims to create an effective ecosystem for maximizing the use of existing assets in order to empower the less endowed, marginalized, and The 14-page guidelines announced on National Technology Day last Wednesday define capability, capacity, and latent potential.
In the proposals, the ministry highlighted 17 important actions that scientists may undertake as part of their SSR to bridge the gap between science and society.
Scientific social responsibility
It would apply to scientists working in public and private knowledge organizations (laboratories, institutes, universities, colleges, and scientific institutions), central ministries, state governments, and their departments, as well as connected autonomous agencies. Individual and institutional SSR initiatives would be suitably incentivized with required monetary support, according to the standards.
The SSR operations and projects of a knowledge institution could not be outsourced or subcontracted.
Lessons by scientists in schools and colleges on modular or full courses or a theme to motivate students to explore science and follow a career in science; mentoring of school students in their innovation projects; organizing visits to planetariums, laboratories, science centres, and industries; skill development through training and workshops; and sharing of infrastructure and knowledge resources are among the illustrative SSR activities listed. Delivering scientific discussions on popular topics in simple language (through TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, and social media) to raise scientific knowledge and dispel superstition is also included as an SSR activity under the criteria.