The BRICS Innovation Cooperation Action Plan, proposed by India at the BRICS S&T Steering Committee, has received approval from all BRICS member countries, according to a report by news agency PTI. The Indian government’s Department of Science and Technology(DST) hosted the 12th meeting of the steering committee which took place on 8 July. India had assumed the presidency of the BRICS group of nations earlier this year in January.
The plan entails sharing of experiences of innovation ecosystems among countries and networking of innovators and entrepreneurs, according to PTI. The Steering Committee agreed to forward the proposal to BRICS Science, Technology Innovation Entrepreneurship Partnership(STIEP) which will work out the details of the action plan.
The 12th meeting of the steering committee saw the participation of science-related ministries and agencies of BRICS member countries. Discussions were held on the themes for the ‘call for proposals this year and the countries agreed on 10 themes, proposed by various thematic working groups, related to Antimicrobial Resistance, Big Data Analytics, Bio-medicine, Agriculture, Sustainable Development, Renewable Energy, Materials Science among others.
The BRICS Young Scientist Conclave would be held in the city of Bengaluru from 13-16 September. The topics to be discussed at the conclave are- healthcare, energy solutions, and cyber-physical system (CPS). The topics were suggested by India and were agreed upon by other countries.