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Cabinet approves Scientific and Technological Cooperation agreement between India and Belarus

The Union Cabinet had approved agreement between India and Belarus on Scientific and Technological Cooperation for mutual benefit in the areas of science, technology, agriculture, etc.

The agreement was signed between Indian National Science Academy (INSA) and National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (NASB).  It was exchanged in September 2017 at New Delhi during official state visit of Belarus President H.E. Mr. Alexander Lukashenko.

Key Facts

The agreement aims at identifying, assessing, developing and commercializing globally competitive technologies from India and Belarus. It will support institutions of both countries by way of research, technology transfers, exchange of visits and joint workshops leading to scientific and economic benefit.


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.