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INDIA-SRILANKA S&T COOPERATION EXTENSION

INDIA-SRILANKA S&T COOPERATION EXTENSION

Context:

On 20 January 2022, India and Sri Lanka extended existing S&T cooperation for an additional 3 years at the India-Sri Lanka 5th Joint Committee on S&T Cooperation. 

About the Extension:

  • The extension was done focusing on new areas such as:
  • wastewater technology, 
  • biotech, 
  • sustainable agriculture, 
  • aerospace engineering, 
  • robotics, 
  • big data analysis, 
  • artificial intelligence, and industrial cooperation

Indian Delegation:

  • The Indian delegation was represented by Mr S. K. Varshney, Advisor, Department of Science and Technology (DST).

Sri Lankan Delegation:

  • The Sri Lankan delegation was led by Mrs Deepa Liyange, State Ministry of Skills Development, Vocational Education, Research & Innovations.

Indian Side Highlights:

  • The Indian side presented:
  • the comprehensive STI Policy 
  • key areas highlighting DST's core mandate, 
  • DST multi-stakeholder base, 
  • India's recent progress in S&T, 
  • and a focus on India's future in technology through campaigns such as Methanol mission, NM- ICPS, NM -QTA, new programs like Vigyan Jyoti, VAJRA, TARE, Accelerate Vigyan.
  • India's international S&T cooperation is also described in detail. 

Sri Lankan Side Highlights:

  • The Sri Lankan side also highlighted the scope and status of S&T in their country and its performance in various national important areas.
  • The Organizations National Science Foundation (Sri Lanka), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (India), and Industrial Technology Institute (Sri Lanka) gave information on the activities of the relevant Scientific Agencies and potential areas of cooperation between the two countries.

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