SAARC Leaders at the Thirteenth Summit(Dhaka, 13 November 2005), agreed to make important strides in the areas of science, technology and higher education, to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century and decided to give priority attention to encourage regional cooperation in these areas to derive benefits from the synergy of collective, well-planned and focused initiatives undertaken by Member States. The Leaders had directed that a SAARC Plan of Action for Science, ICT and Technology be elaborated for consideration during a Meeting of Science, ICT and Technology Ministers.
2. The First Meeting of the Ministers of Science and Technology held in New Delhi on 16 September 2008, finalized five-year (2008-2013) SAARC Plan of Action on Science and Technology. The Plan of Action identifies areas of (i) Cooperation in the field of Science & Technology; (ii) Standardization and laboratory testing; (iii) Themes for cooperation; and (iv) Project development. The Ministers also approved a number of short-term activities to be carried out during the year 2009.
3. The Ministers, through a Joint Declaration issued in New Delhi, expressed their commitment to strengthen regional cooperation in the area of science and technology through focused collaboration in prioritized sectors with clear modalities for implementation of SAARC Plan of Action. They also reaffirmed to strengthen intra-regional cooperation through various initiatives including seminars on issues of current relevance such as Renewable Energy, Solid Waste Management, Safe Drinking Water and Rain Water Harvesting.
4. The cooperation in Science and technology is being pursued through the Technical Committee on Science and Technology. Its mandate include strengthening of scientific and technological co-operation across the region; sharing of scientific and technological expertise; joint research and development and industrial application of higher technology.
5. The Technical Committee in its 4th Meeting held in Islamabad in June 2009, reviewed implementation status of the decisions taken by the Ministers Meeting and Third Meeting of the Technical Committee. It also considered proposals including Programme of Cooperation, SAARC Initiative for Industrial Research and development, and short term activities to be carried out under Action Plan on Science and Technology, during the year 2009-10.
7. The second meeting of the Ministers of Science and Technology held in Colombo on November 24, 2009reviewed implementation of the SAARC Action Plan and approved a number of short term activities for implementation. The Ministers expressed their firm commitment for the prioritization of initiatives in S&T in the region for a prosperous South Asia.
8. The Technical Committee in its last (5th) Meeting held in New Delhi in August 2010, reviewed implementation status of the decisions taken by the Ministers Meeting and Fourth Meeting of the Technical Committee. It also considered proposals including Programme of Cooperation, SAARC Initiative for Industrial Research and development, and short term activities to be carried out under Action Plan on Science and Technology, during the year 2010-2011.
SAARC Meteorological Research Centre (SMRC) was established in 1995.
The objectives of SMRC are to:
For details please visit: www.saarc-smrc.org