GIST is an autonomous platform created by Vijnana Bharati to link global Indians with the under privileged (40 crore) masses in the country, mostly residing in more than three lakh villages.GIST was officially launched by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam on 26 December 2010 at Pune. Dr. Anil Kakodkar, former chairman of Dept. of Atomic Energy is the guiding spirit behind this noble vision.
As India makes rapid economic progress, the need for inclusive development covering the larger fraction of our weaker population has become far more critical. There are also serious issues with regard to sustainability of natural endowments like good quality air and water, nourishing the soil cover and responsibly managing other earth resources. Further, the threat of climate change requires that we bridge our development deficit in a manner that does not take us irreversibly close to the tipping point.
There are also other issues of sustaining development as we cope up with global warming. For example projected rise in sea level would not only inundate low lying areas but would also necessitate adoption of new strategies in many areas including for example adoption of salinity tolerant crops in coastal areas.