S-20 group to unveil report after July on latest scientific progress: Academy chief

NewsDrum Desk
30 Jan 2023

Puducherry, Jan 30 (PTI) President of the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) professor Ashutosh Sharma on Monday said the S20 engagement group of G20 countries would come out with a report on use of latest advances in the scientific world to improve quality of life among member-countries.

Speaking to reporters here after co-chairing the Science 20 (S-20) Inception meeting which began today, professor Sharma, who is India`s Chair for the inception meeting held as part of India's G20 presidency, said that after July "the group will come out with its report for policy-makers for adopting best practices relevant to the member- countries." S20 engagement group is a platform for experts from member-countries to deliberate and provide constructive solutions for global problems, including energy equity, healthcare and wellbeing. "It makes science as an integral part of society." He claimed that "it is only through innovative scientific practices based on scientific investigations that the quality of life could be augmented." "New ideas have to emerge to tackle problems faced by humanity," professor Ashutosh Sharma said adding: "Our engagement group aims to unveil policy frameworks. Each country can adopt practices that are best suited for them." He cited the COVID-19 pandemic as "the best example to showcase dependency on science." Sharma said, "We could manage the virus because we relied on scientific practices in dealing with the pandemic." A total of 15 delegates from 11 countries participated in the S20 inception meeting.

A press release said the subject for deliberation at the meeting held in a private convention centre amid tight security was "disruptive science for innovative and sustainable development." The meeting was also aimed at focusing on three overarching themes namely universal holistic health, adoption of clean energy for a greener future and connecting science to society and culture.

G20 provided a platform that would help for collaboration in implementing solutions emerging through science.

A release from Pondicherry Central University said the Department of Green Energy of the university participated in the S20 meeting and showcased research activities and achievements of the department in promoting green energy for a greener future.

Vice-Chancellor of the university Gurmeet Singh, along with faculty of the Department of Green Energy, participated in the meeting, said the release. PTI COR NVG NVG

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