A Virtual Symposium on Public Health: Evidence, Decision – Making and Policy for COVID-19 in India
November 9 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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On November 9th, 2020, a virtual symposium on Evidence, Decision Making and Policy for COVID-19 in India was organized by Ashoka University’s Science Policy Cell and the George Institute for Global Health India. The two hour long symposium was attended by 160 participants from India and overseas. The objective was to engage researchers, academicians, clinicians and policy makers on lessons from COVID 19 that impact evidence generation, policy making and practice.
Distinguished policy experts and academicians from the Government of India as well as globally renowned academic institutions joined us as esteemed speakers to talk about the role of research evidence in decision – making and its use in formulation of policies to counter the growing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. This symposium was the first of the planned series of symposia on public health and policy in India. It highlighted the need to bring together evidence and learnings from all fields in order to create sustainable public health management systems. The symposium indicated the importance of data in evidence and the relevance of data generation from cross disciplines as crucial to management of unprecedented public health crisis such as COVID 19.
The video is available here.
Ashoka University has recently set up a Science Policy Initiative (SPI) to complement the efforts of the University’s Faculty of Sciences and spur innovation as well as continuous learning into the knowledge ecosystem. SPI aims to promote data-driven research, policy work and advocacy on India’s science, technology and innovation space.