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National Initiative on Science,
Technology and Innovation
Statistics (NISTIS)

One-stop approach to strengthen and increase the usability of
the National STI Statistics.
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Introduction

The Science Technology and Innovation (STI) Statistics refers to measurement and monitoring of scientific ecosystem and its impact. The STI Statistics includes data collection, analysis and dissemination of the data and indicators. STI indicators help in gaining detailed understanding about the STI ecosystem and its socio-economic impact.

The National Initiative on Science, Technology and Innovation Statistics (NISTIS) has been launched as a one-stop coordinated effort to build a robust STI Statistics ecosystem. Currently, India’s STI system is fragmented and is faced with challenges such as accessibility, availability, reliability and international comparability of data and indicators.

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  • National Advisory Committee (NAC)
  • Project Management Unit (PMU)
  • Centre for STI Statistics (CSTIS)
  • A NAC has been constituted to provide overall direction and guidance for this initiative. The NAC, composed of high-level representatives from the Key Ministries, Departments and Agencies, is Chaired by the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India and Co-chaired by the Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. In the first meeting of the NAC, held on 4 th August 2022, it was recommended that a Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Statistics (CSTIS) be established as one-stop coordinated mechanism to address the challenges face by India's STI Statistics system and improve the usability of STI indicators for policy and programme planning.

Primary functions of the NISTIS

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  • 01
    Engage
    Engage

    with key data sources & synergise STI indicators.

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    Build
    Build

    meaningful & contextually relevant indicators.

  • Quantum Frontier
    03
    Facilitate
    Facilitate

    in-house research activities to build new data models, indicators and indices relevant for STI Statistics.

  • Quantum Frontier
    04
    Interface
    Interface

    E with international agencies to strengthen the quality and international comparability of Indian STI indicators.

  • Quantum Frontier
    05
    Clearing House
    Clearing House

    E act as a clearing house for any STI-related data and indicators to avoid ambiguity among the data sources.

  • Quantum Frontier
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    Develop Capacity
    Develop Capacity

    with institutions and organisations to respond to policy-relevant data needs.

Anticipated Outcomes

The efforts under this initiative aim to result in the following outcomes:

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    Evidence based priority budgeting for R&D

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    Identifying leverage points for effective policy interventions

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    Pathways for new research areas

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    Value-additions to International STI Committees & Forums

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