Sri Lanka, India extend science and Tech ties for 3 more years

India and Sri Lanka's scientific and technology cooperation has been extended for another three years, with an emphasis on waste-water technologies, sustainable agriculture, aerospace engineering, big data analytics, and artificial intelligence.

The decision to extend the cooperation was made at the India-Sri Lanka 5th Joint Committee on S&T Cooperation on Thursday, according to a statement from the science and technology ministry.

SK Varshney, Advisor and Head, International Cooperation, Department of Science and Technology (DST), said India and Sri Lanka have a long history of intellectual, cultural, and religious connection and friendship dating back over 2,500 years.

In recent years, trade and investment, as well as cooperation in education and other areas, have increased, and cooperation in S&T (science and technology) has become increasingly important, according to Varshney, who led the Indian delegation and served as the Indian co-chair.

This platform will allow for discussion of several other aspects of possible collaboration in the field of science and technology, he said, adding that there are numerous opportunities for bilateral cooperation. India offers scholarships such as the India S&T Fellowship and e-ITEC, and both countries can collaborate through international platforms like as BIMSTEC, which they are members of, according to Varshney.

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