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Cabinet gives nod to BRICS MoU for cooperation in Science, Technology and innovation

The Union Cabinet has apprised signing of BRICS Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the fields of Science, Technology and innovation (STI).

The MoU seeks to promote of cooperation in the field of STI among BRICS countries by means of mutually agreed S&T events and activities.

Key facts

  • Objective of MoU is to establish a strategic framework of cooperation in STI to address the common regional and global socio-economic challenges.
  • For this purpose BRICS nations will be utilizing shared experiences and complementarities in STI in order to co-generate new knowledge and innovative products, services and processes.
  • From Indian side, Union Ministry of Science and Technology and the counterpart Ministries from other BRICS countries are the nodal agencies for realizing the objectives of this MoU.
  • STI Cooperation which shall be on the basis of mutually agreed areas of cooperation, modes and mechanisms and joint funding as per national norms of respective BRICS member countries.

India had signed this BRICS MoU on cooperation in the fields of STl in March 2015 at Brasilia, Brazil on the sidelines of 3rd BRICS STI Ministerial meeting.


Raghavendra Gadagkar conferred with Cross of Order of the Merit Award of Germany

Professor Raghavendra Gadagkar has been conferred with highest civilian award of Germany, Cross of Order of the Merit.

He was bestowed with this award in recognition of his work in strengthening Indo-German research co-operation in the field of behavioural ecology and sociobiology.

About Raghavendra Gadagkar

  • Gadagkar is currently serving as a professor at the Centre for Ecological Sciences at Bengaluru based Indian Institute of Science (IISc). Currently, he is also serving as the President on the Indian National Science Academy (INSA).
  • He has published 2 scientific books and over 275 scientific articles and papers in various international journals as well as in Indian journals.
  • He is among the founding Chairperson of the Centre for Contemporary Studies which was established at IISc in 2004.
  • In 2012, he was elected as a member of the German National Academy of Sciences (GNAS) Leopoldina.

Awards: He is recipient of Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award in Biology (1993).

About Cross of Order of the Merit

  • Established in 1951 by the first President of the Federal Republic of Germany Theodor Heuss.
  • It is highest civilian award of Germany awarded to Germans as well as to foreigners.
  • It recognizes person for their outstanding achievements in the fields of political, cultural, economy, intellectual and volunteering.