BRICS members agree on Innovation Cooperation Plan proposed by India

India News Network | July 9
New Delhi:
BRICS countries have agreed to the Science & Technology Innovation (STI)-led BRICS Innovation Cooperation Action Plan (2021-24) proposed by India.
India proposed the plan to facilitate sharing of experiences of each other’s innovation ecosystem and networking of innovators and entrepreneurs during the 12th Meeting of BRICS S&T Steering Committee it hosted on Thursday
Scientific ministries and agencies of all BRICS countries participated in it.
The details of the action plan would be worked out by BRICS Science, Technology Innovation Entrepreneurship partnership (STIEP) Working Group, the Ministry of Science and Technology said on Friday.
It was agreed that the proposal may be forwarded to the BRICS STIEP working group through the respective country’s STI focal point.
The BRICS officials discussed in detail about the thematic areas for this year’s call for proposals at the meeting and unanimously agreed for collaboration in 10 thematic areas, the ministry said.
The thematic areas included Transient Astronomical Events and Deep Survey Science, Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR): Technologies for Diagnosis and Treatment, Simulation and Big Data Analytics for Advanced Precision Medicine and Public Healthcare, HPC and Big Data for Sustainable Development: Solving Large Scale Ecological, Climate and Pollution Problems.
Also part of this list were Innovation and Entrepreneurship on Photonic, Nanophotonics, and Metamaterials for Addressing Bio-medicine, Agriculture, Food Industry and Energy Harvesting Issues, Materials Science and Nanotechnology for Addressing Environmental, Climate Change, Agricultural, Food, and Energy Issues, Renewable Energy including Smart Grid Integration, Ocean and Polar Science and Technology Water Treatment Technology Research in Aeronautics and Aerospace.
These areas have been recommended by different thematic Working Groups.
Further, all countries agreed to thematic areas proposed by India for 6th edition of BRICS Young Scientist Conclave, which will be held in Bangalore during 13-16 September 2021. The three themes to be discussed at the conclave include Healthcare; Energy Solutions, Cyber-Physical System (CPS), and their applications.
According to the ministry, India’s new proposal regarding inviting BRICS partnership in India’s Technology Summit, which got positive support from all countries, was suggested to be sent through BRICS Sherpa office for suggestions from all stakeholders.
Accordingly, India’s proposals will be circulated through the Ministry of External Affairs to BRICS counterparts for their consideration.

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