providing an overarching vision and setting priorities for cooperation &
joint action amongst BRICS country in the fields of Science, Technology and
Innovation, the 6th BRICS Science & Technology Senior Official Meeting
(SOM) was organized at Jaipur today.
Department for Science & Technology Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, welcomed the
delegates from the member countries to the BRICS SOM meeting. In his opening
remarks, Professor Sharma emphasized enterprise model like product development,
exploring of market for sustainable development goals, while continuing the focused
collaboration in topical areas like High Performance Computing (HPC), cyber
security, nanotechnology, energy, affordable medicine and technology based
CSIR-(National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies –NISTADS)
Dr. P Goswami, made a detailed presentation on BRICS Science & Technology
Enterprise Partnership (BRICS-STEP).. This proposal which promises a new hope
for affective engagement of Young Scientists from BRICS country in developing
enterprises through partnership with member countries has been evolved by India
for consideration in this BRICS meeting. There was a consensus amongst the
member countries, in principle. The implementation strategy is to be finalized
from DST, Dr. Arvind Kumar, made a presentation on the outcome of the BRICS
Funding Working Meeting which was held yesterday, which also included a small
presentation by Dr Yaroslav on the 2016 BRICS call for Proposals. Dr. Kumar’s
presentation also included some brief about the thematic workshops organized
under the BRICS umbrella during the period of India’s Presidency.
Suba Chandran gave highlights about the 1st BRICS Young Scientist
Conclave organized recently at Bengaluru. The Government of India, based on
good experiences it had in the Young Scientist Conclave, related to innovation
ideas, has proposed the BRICS Innovation IDEA Award for the young scientist.
The member countries agreed in principle for initiating the award with its modus
operandi to be decided in next four months through consensus.
proposed a partnership in the area of material science at Ural University,
Russia. The Chairman appreciated the area which is topical and requested member
countries to comment on the proposal.
BRICS Ministerial Meeting is scheduled for 8th October, 2016 in
which S&T Ministers from the BRICS Member Countries would be participating.