International S&T Cooperation

The Science & Technology International Cooperation Division of DST has the mandated responsibility of (i) negotiating, concluding and implementing S&T Agreements between India and other countries; (ii) providing interventions on S&T aspects in international forums. This responsibility is carried out by the Division in close consultation on the Indian side with the Ministry of External Affairs, Indian Missions Abroad, S&T Counselors at Germany, Japan, Russia and USA, stakeholders in scientific, technological & academic institutions, concerned governmental agencies and with various industry associations in India.

International Science & Technology Cooperation is realized at two levels, viz (i) Bilateral Cooperation with developed and developing countries, (ii) Multilateral & Regional Cooperation, Presently India has bilateral S&T cooperation agreements with 83 countries with active cooperation with 44 countries. During the recent years the cooperation has strengthened significantly with Australia, Canada, EU, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Russia, UK and USA. Cooperation with African countries has also been strengthened through India Africa S&T Initiative. The soft prowess of S&T has been leveraged to engage with several countries under India's Act East policy and with some neighbouring countries.

The Department currently supports three bi-national S&T Centres which are independent entities established under inter-governmental bilateral agreements with France, USA and Germany.

  •  Indo-French Centre for Promotion of Advanced Research (IFCPAR / CEFIPRA)
  •  Indo-US Science & Technology Forum (IUSSTF)
  •  Indo-German Science & Technology Centre (IGSTC)


For further details of specific programs and schemes please visit International Cooperation Division


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Shri Sanjeev K Varshney
Scientist - 'G'
Department of Science & Technology
Technology Bhawan
New Mehrauli Road
New Delhi-110 016.
Tele: 011- 26961912
Email: skvdst[at]nic[dot]in