SME Times News Bureau | 22 Aug, 2018
In a bid to take the
ASEAN-India Space & Technology cooperation to the next level, the Department of Science & Technology
(DST) of India, in partnership with FICCI on Tuesday launched the ASEAN India Research Training Fellowship Scheme (AIRTF) and ASEAN India
Innovation Platform (AIIP).
The ASEAN India
Research Training Fellowship (AIRTF) scheme will support young researchers from
ASEAN countries to work at any of the Indian research or academic institution.
The fellowship aims at capacity building of young researchers and strengthen
the bonds between India and ASEAN member states. This fully-funded fellowship
is for a period of six months. Under AIRTF, the ASEAN scholars will be able to
nurture their research ideas under the guidance and mentorship of leading
Indian scientists and academicians and benefit from access to advanced
scientific facilities in premier educational institutes and research
laboratories in India.
Fifty five R&D
Institutions and 235 Indian scientists across 22 Indian states have been
earmarked by Department of Science & Technology and FICCIfor providing
The ASEAN India
Innovation Platform (AIIP) is a unique platform to support the young ASEAN
researchers in collaborating with Indian scientists for developing innovative
technologies. The platform aims at bringing the innovators and researchers from
ASEAN countries together so as to mutually share their technology for better
Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, DST who launched the
twin programmes, said that the Fellowship Scheme and Innovation Platform will
facilitate sharing and learning of best practices for rapid progress based on
the common strengths of India and ASEAN countries. He said that in order to
forge and nurture life-long S&T bonds between the two regions, the
ASEAN-India S&T Fund will support the participation of 50 school students
and teachers in the upcoming Children's Science Congress.
Dilip Chenoy, Secretary General, FICCI said that the ongoing
multi-faceted S&T cooperation between India and ASEAN will receive an
impetus from AIRTF and AIIP as also boost commercialisation of collaborative
technologies developed in the two regions.