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ASEAN-India Science,Technology & Innovation Cooperation

 ASEAN-India Science & Technology Collaboration formally started in 1996 with establishment of ASEAN India S&T working group (AIWGST). Initially, the collaborative S&T projects and activities between India and ASEAN were supported through ASEAN India Fund (AIF) but in 2008, a dedicated ASEAN India S&T Development Fund (AISTDF) with an equivalent amount of 1 million US $ was established jointly by MEA and DST to support R&D projects and associated project development activities. The AISTDF was enhanced to an equivalent amount of 5 Million US$ through an announcement by Honble Prime Minister of India on side lines of ASEAN-India Summit in Malaysia in November 2015. The ASEAN-India Innovation Platform is the major element of enhanced AISTDF.

Several projects and scientific activities have been supported and implemented under ASEAN India S&T program which includes: ASEAN-India Collaborative R&D on Thermally Sprayed Ceramic-Based Coatings, R&D project on Extent of Transfer of Alien Invasive Organisms (Nuisance) in South/SE Asia Region by Shipping; Training Course on Analysis of Chemicals and Biological Contaminants in Raw and Processed Products for ASEAN Countries; R&D project entitled "The Indian Ocean Dipole Mode, El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and Monsoon Interactions and their Socio-Economic Impacts on India-ASEAN Nations; ASEAN-India S&T Digital Library; and Participation of ASEAN school children have participated in Indias National Children Science Congress (NCSC).
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