New Delhi: India and South Africa are celebrating twenty years of strategic partnership in scientific research and development this year. The Union Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Dr Harsh Vardhan was recently in South Africa, attended the celebrations of the collaboration in science and technology in Durban. The event was co-hosted by the Departments of Science and Technology of South Africa and India.
The South African Minister for S&T, Ms Naledi Pandor along with Dr Vardhan released a booklet highlighting the two decades of fruitful cooperation in science and technology spanning across the knowledge chain which has resulted into a robust networking of the best researchers and academic institutions. Inter-governmental agreement on cooperation in the field of Science & Technology was concluded in 1995. Since then the S&T cooperation has progressively evolved as an important pillar in the India-South Africa strategic partnership based on mutual trust, warmth and friendship.
So far, the cooperation has been focussed on chosen areas like Astronomy & Astrophysics, Agriculture Sciences, Green Chemistry, Indigenous Knowledge System and Health Sciences where both countries have complementary strengths. Since the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to South Africa last year, the S&T cooperation has seen a significant boost with
A multi-institutional project on HIV Vaccine Research Collaboration has been also initiated this year between India and South Africa. This is aimed to develop preventive HIV vaccine and will also lead to the identification of biomarkers and development of novel techniques for diagnosis and management of tuberculosis.