Implementation of Research Programme SL and India sign 2nd PoC

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By 2017-10-17

India and Sri Lanka signed the second Programme of Cooperation (PoC) to implement a research programme in the fields of Science and Technology. The agreement was signed between Sri Lanka's Ministry of Science, Technology and Research and India's Department of Science and Technology last Friday (13). The initial PoC to implement the agreement was signed between the two institutions on 4 August 2016 in India.

According to this PoC, a joint call was announced to request for joint research proposals and joint workshop proposals.

The proposals were called under the thematic areas of food technology, plant based medicine, metrology, space research and applications, robotics and automation and industrial electronics.

Both parties received more than hundred proposals by the deadline.

They evaluated the proposals and graded them according to priority areas.

During the research symposium held on 29 May 2017 in Colombo, both parties selected 18 research projects and two joint workshops for funding, three projects for food technology

University of Peradeniya has submitted seven proposals, University of Moratuwa with four, while both Kelaniya and Ruhuna Universities have submitted two proposals each. The Universities of Colombo, Jaffna, Sri Jayewardenapura, South Asian Institute for Technology and Medicine (SAITM) and Industrial Technology Institute have one proposal each.

A Tripartite Agreement between the Ministry, Principal Investigator of the Research Project and the Institute was signed before initiating the project.

The research projects will be funded for maximum three years. The total allocation needed for the project implementation for three years is approximately Rs. 100 million.

(KCT)

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