Needed: An ecosystem to nurture ingenuity

Last week, an Indian start-up, Chakr Innovation, unveiled a device that uses ozone to clean the pores of N95 masks, allowing each mask to be reused 10 times after decontamination. This week, I advised a young woman wanting to deploy foot-operated hand-washing stations in busy markets. The pandemic is fostering innovation — technological, financial and behavioural. Policy must accelerate it. India is drafting a new Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP2020). Since Independence only four S&T policies/resolutions have been published, in 1958, 1983, 2003, and 2013. The curren.....

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