I'm delighted to introduce DRIIV (Delhi Research Implementation and Innovation) in our first newsletter. DRIIV is an initiative of the office of the Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA) to the Government of India (GoI). It is one of the six Science and Technology (S&T) clusters set up across the country to use scientific research and innovation for India's socio-economic development towards Atmanirbhar Bharat. The clusters are a thriving ecosystem of eminent academic institutions, national & state research laboratories, industry partners, start-ups, MSMEs, relevant ministries, state governments and philanthropic foundations that come together to solve problems of national relevance.
DRIIV (brand name for the Delhi S&T cluster) is currently working on environmental and societal problems pertinent to Delhi and neighbouring regions. These include issues related to Waste to Wealth, Water Security, Air Pollution, application of Deep Tech (AI/ML) (e.g. developingearly warning systems for Covid mutations), Sustainable Mobility (e.g. e-mobility infrastructure, digitisation of public transport, passenger safety) and Effective Education (developing new experiential pedagogies for STEM using aforementioned real life issues). We are also in the process of introducing Agriculture/Food Security as a new vertical and augment the Healthcare vertical with additional capabilities in biotechnology. Given the national relevance of these issues, the solutions are scalable countrywide and we actively work with other S&T clusters and industry partners to take the technology from lab to market.
DRIIV's technical prowess comes from the collective expertise and shared facilities of its premieremember base (currently c. 40, and growing) comprising of elite institutes (eg. IITD, IIITD, IITISM etc.), national research labs (eg. CSIR-IGIB, NPL, THSTI, ICAR etc.) and leading private players (e.g. Ashoka University, BML Munjal university, Google Research etc.). DRIIV's location in the national capital adds physical proximity to the policymakers, who are already deeply engaged with the S&T clusters, via the O/o PSA. These unique advantages allow DRIIV to create a significant impact at national/international scale.
I would like to take this opportunity to invite relevant stakeholders and industry partners (corporates, PSUs, NGOs, startups, MSMEs etc.) to join us in this journey of Nation Building.
DRIIV, an S&T cluster of the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India, successfully hosted a momentous conference on ‘Role of Open Access in Equitable Climate and Health Action: Prevention, Response, and Financing’ under the esteemed aegis of G20-CSAR. The conference, convened on August 8th, 2023 at the ITC Maurya, New Delhi, served as a vital platform for global dialogue and collaboration on climate-health synergy... read more
The experts, including NITI Aayog Member V K Paul and ICMR Director General Rajiv Bahl, highlighted….heat-related injuries. Ancient germs frozen in ice for a long time might be released and pathogens could move to new places due to the climate change, experts have warned. The changing climate….could also lead to more waterborne and zoonotic diseases, they said at a conference by DRIIV, an initiative of OPSA to the government... read more
Scientific Secretary of the PSA office, said, “Climate change heightens the risk of vector-borne diseases, antimicrobial resistance, and the transmission of zoonotic diseases. Indirectly, it affects food systems, nutrition, water access, housing, education, and care.” Maini called for a comprehensive approach involving science, technology, and innovation to combat these challenges... read more
DRIIV’s conference, convened on August 8th, 2023 at the ITC Maurya, New Delhi, served as a vital platform for global dialogue and collaboration on climate-health synergy. This event, organised under the esteemed aegis of G20 CSAR, underscores the vital role that open access to data, research, and resources play in shaping equitable solutions to these challenges... read more
The conference, aimed to bridge critical gaps in climate-health research, foster cross-border cooperation and discuss strategies for resilient health systems. The inaugural session also saw the launch of the DRIIV Handbook. Dr. (Mrs.) Parvinder Maini, Hon’ble Scientific Secretary, O/o PSA to the GOI, delivered a keynote address that illuminated the conference’s core objectives and underscored the necessity for collective action.... read more
Climate change’s far-reaching consequences on health are widely acknowledged, ranging from disrupted weather patterns such as heat waves, floods, and cyclones to the surge of vector-borne diseases and antimicrobial resistance. This event, organised under the esteemed aegis of G20 CSAR, underscores the vital role that open access to data, research, and resources play in shaping equitable solutions to these challenges... read more
The experts, including NITI Aayog Member V K Paul and ICMR Director General Rajiv Bahl, highlighted another worry – heat-related injuries and as temperatures go up, the risk of getting hurt from the heat becomes higher. Dr. Paul said, ‘As ice melts because of warmer temperatures, these ancient germs might be released. This adds another layer of concern to the already complex issue of health and climate change.’... read more