Sri Lanka and India have taken a progressive step to integrate expertise in the area of science and technology with scientists from both the nations gearing up to undertake joint research.
According to a statement released by the Indian Science and Technology Ministry earlier this week, nine teams of scientists from India and Sri Lanka will engage in research that will cover food technology, plant-based medicines, meteorology, space research and applications, robotics and automation and information and communication technology, among others.
While the research activity will take place with bilateral support from the governments of the two countries, the teams have been granted collaborative support from the Science and Technology Department of the Indian government and the Skills Development, Vocational Education, Research and Innovation State Ministry of Sri Lanka.
Meanwhile a group of Indian and Sri Lankan scientists will collaborate in areas ranging from food to information and communication technology, the Department of Science and Technology said on Wednesday.
"Nine teams consisting of scientists from India and Sri Lanka will work on focused research in areas like food technology, plant based medicines, metrology, space research and applications, robotics and automation, industrial electronics, renewable energy, waste management, and information and communication technology, the DST added.
DST said the teams have been granted collaborative support from the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the State Ministry of Skills Development, Vocational Education, Research and Innovation of Sri Lanka, against the joint call for proposals from a range of areas.
The call for proposal was launched as a result of the conclusion of inter-governmental cooperation in Science & Technology between India and Sri Lanka in 2008.
The S&T cooperation between India and Sri Lanka was initiated and discussed through the India-Sri Lanka Sub-Commission on Science & Technology under the umbrella of the inter-governmental India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission.
The commission in its meeting held at Colombo in November 2010 had recommended development of a programme of cooperation in Science and Technology, identifying mutual areas of interest, including use of space technology for societal services using Indian satellites.
Apart from these, the two countries have also decided to support three workshop proposals from among 193 common proposals received in response to the call.
As of now, 27 joint research projects in food technology, materials, and plant-based medicine, industrial electronics have been supported, the statement added.