International Multilateral Regional Cooperation Division (IMRCD) of Department of Science and Technology (DST) has been mandated to foster India's regional and multilateral engagements and partnerships in the fields of Science and Technology.These engagements are done through cooperation frameworks at inter-governmental level with a view to make positive contributions for gainful consequences and spin offs for:
Enlarging India's pursuit of influence in global arena/platforms and mainstreaming Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) into international diplomacy and foreign relations;
Showcasing and projecting India's scientific excellence in the global research landscape;
Leveraging foreign alliances and partnerships to accelerate key priorities and programs devoted to strengthening India's national science and technology (S&T)/ Research and Development (R&D) competencies-capabilities-access to technologies in synergies with national flagship program including skill India, Digital India, Make in India, Swatch Bharat, Swasthya Bharat, Start-up India etc
Some of the major functions of IMRC Division related to forging India's regional and multilateral partnerships in Science, Technology and Innovation being performed are as below:
Negotiation, conclusion, implementation and monitoring of India's international regional and multilateral S&T cooperation agreements/ frameworks and related S&T Program of Cooperation's (India's S&T Cooperation with EU, ASEAN, BRICS, IBSA, SAARC, BIMSTEC, ASEM, EAS);
India's engagements vis-a-vis S&T aspects of UN and other international organizations (India's S&T engagements with NAM S&T Centre, UNESCO-TWAS-ICTP, UNCSTD, OECD, IOR-ARC, G-20);
Indian perspectives at S & T Ministerial Multilateral Platforms and its spin offs (Carnegie Group Meetings and its spin offs like GSO-GRI, Science and Technology for Society Forum) ; and These functions, in sync with India's overall foreign policy, are carried out by IMRCD, DST in close consultation with Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Scientific Ministries/ Agencies; and regional-multilateral entities-like UN and international organizations dealing in Science & Technology.