In an effort to boost the scientific talent and bridge the gap among communities, the Centre has decided to set up 75 Science Technology and Innovation (STI) Hubs across the country exclusively for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs). Union Minister Jitendra Singh, on October 6, said that the move aims to support scientific talent among SCs & STs and contribute to the socio-economic development of the communities.
As per the Minister, the decision to open 75 STI Hubs for SCs and STs was taken following a high-level review meeting with senior officials of the Department of Science and Technology (DST). He said that as many as 20 STI Hubs including 13 for SCs and seven for STs that have already been set up by DST. These will directly benefit 20,000 people from the communities through various interventions and will spread across the farm, non-farm and allied livelihood sectors.
The Minister expressed that the STI Hubs are being established with an objective to develop, nurture and ensure the delivery of apt and relevant technologies for the creation of sustainable livelihoods for the SC and ST population.
According to the Union Minister of State (IC) for Science and Technology, STI hubs will fulfil three-fold objectives. Firstly, it will address the weakest linkages in the predominant livelihood systems through science and technology interventions. Secondly, it will lead to the creation of social enterprises based on the strengths in livelihood systems and lastly, it will improve the knowledge systems through inputs of science and technology for strengthening livelihoods.