India, Sri Lanka extend science & tech partnership for next 3 years

India and Sri Lanka have announced extending their current science and technology collaboration for three more years with the rising focus on aerospace engineering, waste-water technologies, robotics, big data analytics, biotech, artificial intelligence, sustainable agriculture, and industrial collaborations.

S.K. Varshney, Advisor and Head, International Cooperation, Department of Science and Technology (DST), during the India-Sri Lanka 5th Joint Committee on S&T Cooperation stated that both the countries boast of a great inheritance of cultural, intellectual, and religious relationship and interaction of more than 2500 years.

However, trade, investment, and collaboration in education and other segments have critically surged in the recent times, paving way for cooperation in science and technology, as a result.

Varshney, who led the delegation and was the Indian Co-Chair, said that this platform would provide a chance to discuss several other facets possible for further cooperation in the S&T domain.

He added that India provides comradeship like India S&T fellowship, e-ITEC, and both countries can work through several platforms they are part of, like BIMSTEC.

Vinod K. Jacob, the Deputy High Commissioner of India in Sri Lanka, emphasized that as a part of India's 'Neighborhood First' policy, the country's collaboration with Sri Lanka will help build the existing collaborative work and help them reach greater heights.

Moreover, the Indian panel showcased the overall STI policy and priority areas by demonstrating the fundamental directives of DST, India's recent progress in S&T, multi-stakeholder base of DST, and focusing on securing the future of India in the technical world through multiple missions.

Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan side also emphasized the status and scope of S&T in their country and its application in several areas of national importance, as stated by a Ministry of Science & Technology release.

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