BINATIONAL CENTRES

Context: The Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India is having three binational Centres namely Indo-French Centre for Promotional of Advanced Research (IFCPAR)established with France in 1987, Indo-US Science & Technology Forum (IUSSTF) established in2000 with USA and Indo-German Science & Technology Centre (IGSTC) established in 2010under intergovernmental agreements.

The following new programmes have been launched by these binational Centres:

Indo-US Science & Technology Forum:

  • Phase II of Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Centre (JCERDC)
  • Research Initiative for Real-time River Water and Air Quality Monitoring (WAQM)Program.
  • Indo-US Fellowship for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (WISTEMM)

Indo-German Science & Technology Centre:

  • IGSTC-CONNECT Plus Programme

Under the JCERDC phase II program, the “UI-ASSIST:

  • U.S.-India collaborative for smart disribution System with Storage” project co-led by the Indian Institute of Technology ,Kanpur and Washington State University, Pullman was awarded in September 2017.
  • The project seeks to address critical issues related to adoption and deployment of smart grid concepts along with Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) including storage in distribution network for its efficient and reliable operation.
  • Government of India and Department of Energy (DOE) of the United States of America have each allocated $1.5 million (INR 10.2 crores) annually for the consortia over the period of performance (5 years).

Recognizing the importance of developing online River Water and Air Quality Monitoring (WAQM) systems,

  • Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India and Intel® collaborated to jointly initiate the Research Initiative for Real-time River Water and Air Quality Monitoring Program.
  • Four projects were identified for award in 2017-18.
  • Of these, two have been funded under ‘Air’ and ‘Water’ Quality Monitoring categories respectively.

The “Indo-US Fellowship for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (WISTEMM)” is a fellowship program,

  • conceptualized by IUSSTF in partnership with the Department of Science & Technology (DST), to provide opportunities to bright Indian women students and scientists for capacity building, gain exposure and access to excellent research facilities in U.S. academia and labs.
  • Since the year 2017, two calls have been announced and through the
    program, 40 young Women researchers/scientists/technologists have undertaken research at premier US institutes/universities and labs for duration between 3-6months in front-line areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine.

IGSTCCONNECTPlus

IGSTC and Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) jointly launched the IGSTCCONNECTPlus Programme in May 2018.

• The Programme is aimed at boosting Indo-Germannet working and long term collaboration among the participants of the Indo-German Frontiers of Engineering Symposia (INDOGFOE), which is co-organised by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Source:pib

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