TWAS-The World Academy of Sciences is an international, non-governmental scientific professional body in Trieste,Italy (functioning from 1985 onwards). India is founding member. TWAS has 1000 Fellows from 80 countries. It promotes south-south cooperation for capacity building, excellence and recognition of talent relevant for advancement of sciences in developing countries.
The Department of Science & Technology (DST) on behalf of India contributed to TWAS Endowment Fund totalling US $ 1 M (currently TWAS Endowment Fund totals to US $ 17 M contributed by 20 developing countries, India is amongst top three contributors to TWAS Endowment Fund. India has served as President of TWAS during 2000-2007. India hosts one of the 5 TWAS Regional Offices for South & Central Asia at Bengaluru.
DST and TWAS, Trieste signed Program of Cooperation (PoC) for S&T cooperation with budgetary allocation of US$1 M for five years which focuses on nurturing Next Generation Scientists & Technologists and Science Diplomacy (2014).
The 13th Ministerial Meeting agreed to locate BIMSTEC Permanent Secretariat in Dhaka. India is contributing 32% of the cost of Secretariat reflecting its strong commitment to BIMSTEC process. The MoA on establishment of Secretariat was signed on 4 March 2014 and was officially inaugurated by PM Hasina on 13 September 2014.
DST's Pan Africa Doctoral Fellowship (100 over 5 years) at Indian Universities to be facilitated by TWAS under DST-TWAS Program of Cooperation (PoC)
For Further Information on DST-TWAS Science & Technology Cooperation Please contact: Dr Arvind Kumar