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The Indian government intends to establish 75 science, technology, and innovation hubs.

Dr. Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, has stated that the government will establish 75 Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) Hubs in various parts of the country, exclusively for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs), which will not only promote scientific talent but also contribute

Following a high-level review meeting with senior officials of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) in New Delhi, the Minister stated that DST has already established 20 STI Hubs (13 for SCs and 7 for STs) in the last two years, which will directly benefit 20,000 SC and ST population through various interventions spanning farm, non-farm, other allied livelihood sectors, and various livelihood assets such as energy, water, health, education, and so on.

According to the Minister, STI hubs will primarily serve three purposes: a) Addressing the weakest linkages in the dominant livelihood systems through Science and Technology (S&T) interventions; b) Creating social enterprises based on the strengths of the livelihood systems; and c) Improving Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) through S&T inputs for livelihood strengthening.

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