CENTRE FOR STUDIES IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION POLICY (CSSTIP)

School of Social Sciences, Central University of Gujarat

Centre for Studies in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (CSSTIP) focuses on the social and cultural dynamics of science and technology from an interdisciplinary and comparative framework. The Centre specialises on a wide range of themes and concerns at the interface of science and society, dwelling upon theoretical insights offered by the emergent academic field of Science, Technology and Society (STS) studies. The Centre endeavours to study philosophical, historical, sociological, cultural and developmental dimensions of S&T and equips students to critically analyse science, technology and innovation policies.
The Centre offers excellent academic environment that gives students international exposure and possibilities to interact with academicians, policy makers, S&T departments and agencies, civil society organisations and movements, entrepreneurs, innovators and technocrats. Scholars who finish the academic programmes offered by the Centre have wide employment opportunities in academics as well as governmental departments/agencies and civil society organisations.
The Centre was one of the first departments started in 2009, the year of establishment of the Central University of Gujarat. In the last decade, more than 20 PhD degrees and 45 MPhil degrees have been awarded from the Centre.

The fields of expertise of the faculty members are given below;

Dr. Shiju Sam Varughese: Public engagement with science and technology, media and science communication, sociology of science, cultural studies of science and technology, social history of knowledge, science education, knowledge and democracy, regional modernities.
Dr. Parvathi K. Iyer: Public engagement with S&T, gender and science in India, academia-industry collaborations in S&T and governance, risk and regulatory issues in S&T.
Dr. Kunal Sinha: Innovation and socio-economic change, research methodology, technology futures analysis, intellectual property rights and development, globalization, state and social justice, sociology of science and technology.
Dr. Hemant Kumar: Informal sector innovations, systems of innovation, socio-technical transition, innovation and economic change, history of science & technology in India, philosophy of science & technology and research methodology.

PROGRAMMES OFFERED:

MPhil Programme on Studies in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy

The main objective of the programme is to equip students to analyze critically science, technology and innovation in the specific disciplinary, sectoral and institutional contexts to enable them to shape socially robust and ethically committed production of knowledge, practices and inclusive policies. Students are exposed to academic debates in the field and rigorous training is offered to them in both quantitative and qualitative dimensions of research. After the course work, research scholars will have to submit a dissertation on an appropriate topic of research.

PhD Programme on Studies in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy

The programme offers advanced research exposure to scholars through two-semester course work and rigorous research supervision towards producing a high-quality doctoral thesis on a significant research topic.

Courses Offered in the MPhil & PhD Programmes
Course Code Core Course Credits Course Code Optional Course Credits
STI 601 Research Methodology - I 02 STI 671 Intellectual Property Rights and Development 03
STI 602 Introduction to Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Studies 03 STI 672 Science and Technology Policy Analysis 03
STI 603 Innovation and Socio-Economic Change 03 STI 673 Science Communication: Approaches and Methods 03
STI 651 Research Methodology - II [Technology Futures Analysis] 02 STI 674 Philosophy of Science and Technology 03
STI 652 Science and Technology in Modern India 03 STI 675 Science, Technology and Environment 03