As per the recent information provided by the Indian Ministry of Science and Technology, the Government of India and Sri Lanka have decided to provide bilateral support with the two countries’ scientists for the joint research on nine projects and 3 workshops in various fields. The decision was taken based on the scientific strength of project coordinators, availability of national priorities, and budget between the two countries.
Background of Proposals
i.Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, and the State Ministry of Skills Development, Vocational Education, Research & Innovation, Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka has launched a joint research proposal in the below ten given fields in 2019.The fields are
- Food Technology;
- Plant-based medicines;
- Space Research & Applications;
- Robotics & Automation;
- Industrial Electronics;
- Renewable Energy;
- Waste Management;
- Information and Communication Technology;
- Any other project with national relevance (with Justifications).
ii.193 common proposals were received in response to the call.
iii.As of now, 27 joint research projects in food technology, materials, and plant-based medicine, and industrial electronics have been supported.
iv. Reason for behind the proposals:- The call for proposals was a result of 2008 inter-governmental cooperation in science and technology between India and Sri Lanka. The cooperation was initiated and discussed through the India Sri Lanka Sub-Commission on Science & Technology, under the umbrella of the inter-governmental India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission.
About Department of Science and Technology (DST),India
Department of Science & Technology (DST) was established, with the objective of promoting new areas of Science & Technology and to play the role of a nodal department for organizing, coordinating and promoting S&T activities in the country. Union Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences, Harsh Vardhan is head of the department,
Secretary – Prof. Ashutosh Sharma
Established in – May 1971
Headquarters – New Delhi