ASEAN-India Current Affairs

ASEAN-India Research Training Fellowship (AIRTF) launched by FICCI and DS&T

Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) has entered into partnership with Department of Science and Technology (DST) to implement and execute the ASEAN India Research Training Fellowship (AIRTF). FICCI has been forefront of India-ASEAN partnership and recently it also took lead in commemorating 25 years partnership.

ASEAN India Research Training Fellowship (AIRTF)

The AIRTF scheme was introduced to promote scientific cooperation between India and ASEAN member countries. It provides opportunities to researchers from ASEAN member countries to undertake research and training for period of 6 months at Academic and Research Institutions in India.

Its objective is to support and facilitate mobility of young talented researchers from ASEAN member countries to India to conduct short term research and training under guidance of Indian host scientists. It aims at capacity building of 50 young researchers annually from ASEAN member countries in S&T domain and provide complete financial support including to and fro travel, sustenance allowance and research contingency for period of 6 months. AIRT Fellowship is offered broadly in different areas which are in line with ASEAN Plan of Action on Science, Technology and Innovation (APASTI) 2016-2025.

C V Raman International Fellowship for African Researchers

FICCI in partnership with Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and DS&T also gives away C V Raman International Fellowship for African Researchers which is in line with efforts of promoting scientific and technological cooperation between India and Africa.

ASEAN

ASEAN is regional intergovernmental organisation comprising ten Southeast Asian countries which promotes Pan-Asianism and intergovernmental cooperation and facilitates economic, political, security, military, educational and socio-cultural integration amongst its members and other Asian countries.

It consists of 10-member countries- Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. It was established on August 8, 1967 through ASEAN declaration (also known as Bangkok Declaration). Its secretariat is located in Jakartaa, Indonesia.

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Fourth ASEAN-India Ministerial Meeting on Agriculture & Forestry held in Delhi

The 4th ASEAN-INDIA Ministerial Meeting on Agriculture and Forestry was held at NASC Complex, New Delhi. It was attended by representatives from 10 ASEAN countries.

The meeting was co-chaired by India’s Minister of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare Radha Mohan Singh and Thailand’s Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives Grisada Boonrach.

Key Facts

The aim of the meeting was to facilitate promotion of joint research for development of technologies for increasing production and productivity of crops, livestock and fisherie, and natural resources management, among others in the region.

It also aimed at development of joint ventures, exchange of technologies, expertise and material. The meeting also aimed to enhance cooperation on exchange of expertise to promote resilience in food security to address the price volatility of food supplies in the region.

The meeting held discussions focused on enhancing cooperation on exchange of expertise to promote resilience in food security and to address the price volatility of food supplies in the region. It was announced that 5th ASEAN-India Ministerial Meeting on Agriculture and Forestry will be held in 2019 in Brunei Darussalam.

ASEAN

ASEAN is a regional organisation that aims to promote intergovernmental cooperation and economic integration amongst its members. It consists of 10-member countries- Cambodia, Brunei, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. It came into existence on August 8, 1967, after adoption of ASEAN declaration (also known as Bangkok Declaration). It is headquartered in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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