MSME & Economy


Science-Society-Setu for Aatmanirbhar Bharat (S34ANB), a Web Clinic Series, is an initiative of Science for Equity Empowerment and Development (SEED) Division of Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India, to catalyse cross-bridge collaboration between Knowledge Organisations, and NGOs & Communities to address Sustainable Development at the local level through STI. The initiative is targeted to strengthen the ‘Social Infrastructure’ and ‘Technology Driven System’ pillars of the Aatmanirbhar Bharat.

The Web Clinic Series initiative is aimed at harnessing Science, Technology & Innovation (STI) in search of social, economical and environmentally viable micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME). These deliberations would be looking for opportunities in locally productive and globally connected models, S&T interventions for e-marketing linkages, viable solutions for small & medium enterprises, integration of farm and non-farm activities for setting up the business, Scaling-up technologies as per local needs, exploring the technologies ready for scale-up. Deliberations in the Economy sector are aimed at looking for the new opportunities related to livelihoods, the supply chain management, stress on available resources, medium to long term effects of COVID-19, diversification of livelihood activities, distress and threat to livelihoods due to reverse migration. It will also facilitate to explore possible pathways for nurturing STI-driven social entrepreneurship ecosystem in rural landscape.

During each session, the expert panel would provide a feasibility report, on creating possible forward linkages between NGOs and knowledge institutions, and guidelines to way-forward. The resulting ideas and recommendations are proposed to be supported through SEED Division through its ongoing schemes and programmes or in collaboration with other relevant divisions. Emanated ideas may also be considered for future support in project mode.

The virtual interaction will be a two-days long meeting per week (3-4 Hours per day), for consecutive 2 Weeks for MSME and Economic sectors starting from 5th November 2020. The discussion will begin with an introduction and brief presentations on the background/context of the web clinic. This will be followed by the technical presentation and discussion sessions in proposed two streams with experts from Knowledge institutions, Voluntary Organisations and Community representatives. The speakers would highlight societal relevance/business opportunity for the locals and expected requirement from the people (emerging technologies, skill-set, capacity building, investment, resources, and so on).

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