Department of Science and Technology, Government of India:
India is one of the top-ranking countries in the field of basic research. Indian Science has come to be regarded as one of the most powerful instruments of growth and development, especially in the emerging scenario and competitive economy. In the wake of the recent developments and the new demands that are being placed on the S&T system, it is necessary for us to embark on some major science projects which have relevance to national needs and which will also be relevant for tomorrow's technology. The Department of Science & Technology plays a pivotal role in promotion of science & technology in the country. The department has wide ranging activities ranging from promoting high-end basic research and development of cutting-edge technologies on one hand to service the technological requirements of the common man through development of appropriate skills and technologies on the other.
The Science & Technology International Cooperation Division of DST has the mandated responsibility of (i) negotiating, concluding and implementing S&T Agreements between India and other countries; (ii) providing interventions on S&T aspects in international forums. This responsibility is carried out by the Division in close consultation on the Indian side with the Ministry of External Affairs, Indian Missions Abroad, S&T Counselors at Germany, Japan, Russia and USA, stakeholders in scientific, technological & academic institutions, concerned governmental agencies and with various industry associations in India.
International Science & Technology Cooperation is realized at two levels, viz (i) Bilateral Cooperation with developed and developing countries, (ii) Multilateral & Regional Cooperation, Presently India has bilateral S&T cooperation agreements with 83 countries with active cooperation with 44 countries. During the recent years the cooperation has strengthened significantly with Australia, Canada, EU, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Russia, UK and USA. Cooperation with African countries has also been strengthened through India Africa S&T Initiative. The soft prowess of S&T has been leveraged to engage with several countries under India's Act East policy and with some neighboring countries.
The Department currently supports three bi-national S&T Centres which are independent entities established under inter-governmental bilateral agreements with France, USA and Germany.
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- Indo-French Centre for Promotion of Advanced Research (IFCPAR / CEFIPRA)
- Indo-US Science & Technology Forum (IUSSTF)
- Indo-German Science & Technology Centre (IGSTC)