Let’s Talk

“How can research and innovation
in India be more impactful?”

August 3, 2021


About the event

India has joined the top 50 countries in the Global Innovation Index (GII, 2020) for the first time, moving up four places to the 48th rank, keeping the leading position among nations in central and southern Asia.

While India has the scientific talent, what stops Indian research and innovation from being genuinely impactful? Is it lack of funding support, the risk-averse mindset of investors, and lack of an enabling ecosystem or the absence of gender/racial parity in research?

In this Let’s Talk Policy session, we looked at how to beef up the national innovation ecosystem with Sridhar Pabbisetty, Founding Director, Kautilya School of Public Policy, Saket Modi, CEO & Co-Founder, Safe Security, Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India and Dr. Chandrima Shaha, President, Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi.

The event was moderated by renowned journalist, Nidhi Razdan.

‘Let’s Talk Policy’ is a panel discussion series initiated by Kautilya School of Public Policy,, that brings forth a select group of panellists, sharing differing views on key issues of national and global relevance, and building the dialogue into a conversation for the student community.

The series aims to unravel major themes around democracy, politics, and human rights, and explore the challenges and rewards of implementing practices. We aim to create a cohesive platform and call on thematic experts to foster a healthy dialogue around the most-pressing issues.

About the panellists

Nidhi Razdan

Visiting Faculty, Kautilya &
Fmr. Exec. Editor NDTV


Nidhi Razdan (Moderator) is an award-winning journalist, author and the former Executive Editor of…

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Sridhar Pabbisetty

Founding Director, Kautilya


Sridhar Pabbisetty has been working in public policy and governance over the last decade….

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Saket Modi

CEO & Co-Founder,
Safe Security


Saket Modi is the Co-Founder and CEO of Safe Security, a Cybersecurity and Digital Business …

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Ashutosh Sharma

Secretary, Dept. of Science
& Tech, Gov. of India


Ashutosh Sharma is a Secretary to the Government of India since January 2015, heading the …

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Dr. Chandrima Shaha

President, Indian National
Science Academy


Prof. Chandrima Shaha is a biologist and the first ever woman president of the Indian National…

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  • Young Indians, passionate about bringing about positive change and building India
  • Those aspiring to build a career in public life, public policy and administration, social sector, media, journalism and communications, politics, and other related fields
  • Academicians, researchers and journalists working in or following the fields mentioned above
  • Those watching India’s research and innovation scene – and are keen to hear from experts with relevant experience at the highest level