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India Science Research Fellowship 2021

  • 08 Mar 2021
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Forty scholars from six countries have been recommended for award of Indian Science Research Fellowship (ISRF) 2021.

  • This fellowship is a platform to establish research cooperation with neighbouring countries of India, which is one of the mandates of DST’s (Department of Science and Technology) International Science and Technology Cooperation.

Key Points

  • About India Science Research Fellowship (ISRF):
    • As part of India’s initiatives to engage with neighbouring countries to develop S&T partnerships, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) has launched ISRF Programme.
    • This fellowship is for scholars from the neighbouring countries - Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.
    • ISRF programme has provided an opportunity to the young researchers from neighbouring countries to get access to the state of art facilities available in the Indian institutes/universities.
    • ISRF has been implemented since 2015.
  • Significance of the Fellowship:
    • Science Diplomacy: Enlarging India’s pursuit of influence in global arena/platforms and mainstreaming Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) into international diplomacy and foreign relation.
    • Technological Advancement in the South Asia region.

International Science and Technology Cooperation

  • About: The International S&T Cooperation (IC) Division of DST has the mandated responsibility of
    • negotiating, concluding and implementing Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Agreements between India and other countries, and
    • providing interventions on STI aspects in international forums.
  • Significance:
    • In showcasing and projecting India’s scientific excellence in the global research landscape,
    • Leveraging foreign alliances and partnerships to accelerate key priorities and programs devoted to strengthening India’s national science and technology (S&T)/ Research and Development (R&D) competencies-capabilities-access to technologies in synergies with national flagship programs.
  • IC Division is partnering in the following International programs-

Source: PIB

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