NAM S&T Centre

1. The Centre for Science and Technology of the Non-aligned and Other Developing Countries (NAM S&T Centre) was established in August 1989 in New Delhi (India) as an inter-governmental organisation in pursuance of the deliberation of the 5th, 6th and 7th Conferences of the Heads of State or Government of the NAM Countries, respectively held in Colombo in 1976, Havana in 1979 and New Delhi in 1983, and after the adoption of the Statute of the Centre by consensus by the Meeting of the Plenipotentiaries of the Non-aligned Countries in New York in February 1985. Forty countries (Annex – I) represented by their Government Departments / Ministries and agencies dealing with science and technology have so far joined the Centre as its members. 2. The structure of the NAM S&T Centre comprises the Governing Council (GC), composed of the representatives of all the Member States, and the Secretariat headed by the Director. For each session of the GC, a President, two Vice-Presidents and a Rapporteur are elected, which constitute the Bureau of the GC. The current office bearers of the Bureau are Prof. Carunia Mulya Firdausy, Deputy State Minister for Societal Dynamics, Ministry of Research & Technology from Indonesia as the President, Prof. Dr. Mohamed Sherif El-Eskandarany, Vice-President, Academy of Scientific Research and Technology of Egypt and Dr. T. Ramasami, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology of India as the two Vice-Presidents, and Dr. Jorge Luis Fernandez Chamero, Director DCI-CITMA, Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment of Cuba as the Rapporteur. The present Director of the Centre Prof. Arun P. Kulshreshtha is an Indian national. 3. The Governing Council of the Centre has had one extraordinary meeting in New Delhi (1989) and eleven annual meetings respectively in India (1989), India (1990), Cuba (1991), Egypt (1992), India (1993), Nepal (1994), Egypt (1996), Bangladesh (1997), India (1999), Egypt (2002) and Indonesia (2005). The meetings of the Bureau to review the programmes and activities of the Centre have been held in New Delhi (1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1999 and 2003), Colombia (1997), Indonesia (2000), Mauritius (2001) and Sri Lanka (2004). 4. The objectives and functions of the Centre include the promotion of fullest possible mutually beneficial collaboration among scientists and technologists and scientific organisations from non-aligned and other developing countries, helping in the establishment of links between national and regional centres, acting as a clearing house of information regarding technological capabilities of individual countries with a view to promoting technological cooperation and transfer of technology amongst them, maintaining a registry of scientific and technological experts of high calibre for utilisation of their services by the member countries, stimulating and promoting joint R&D projects and training programmes either on bilateral or multilateral basis in selected fields of special relevance, preparation of the state-of-the-art reports etc. 5. Based on the proceedings of the Inter-Governmental Consultative Conference of Experts (IGCCE) on New and High Technologies of the Non-aligned and Other Developing Countries held in October 1988 in New Delhi, decisions taken during various meetings of the Centre’s GC/Bureau and consultations among the member countries, several priority areas for the Centre have been identified, which are of direct relevance and benefit to developing countries. These include, among others, Agricultural Biotechnology, Advanced Materials Science & Engineering, Natural Disaster Management (including Tsunami and Earthquakes), Construction Engineering, Food Processing, Microelectronics, Science Popularisation – Science Centres & Science Museums, Information & Communication Technology, Bio-safety and Bio-ethical issues, Intellectual Property Rights, Science & Technology Policy, Public-Private Partnership for Technological Innovation, Non-conventional Energy Sources – Solar and Wind energy for Rural Applications, Technology Transfer, Science & Technology for Society – S&T for Women, Ecology, Environment and Biodiversity. 6. As an inter-governmental organization, the Centre closely cooperates with various other international organizations e.g. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT), Asian Pacific Centre for Technology Transfer (APCTT), Commonwealth Science Council (CSC), Gesellschaft für Biotechnologische Forschung (GBF), Centre for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT), ASEAN-COST, World Association of Industrial & Technology Research Organisation (WAITRO), Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), Third World Network of Scientific Organizations (TWNSO), International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and NAM Centre for South-South Technical Cooperation (NAM CSSTC). The Centre has also co-sponsored the Commonwealth-India Metrology Programme (CIMET), a project on Chemical Research and Environmental Needs (CREN) with CSC and two projects with the Perez-Guerrero Trust Fund of G-77 member countries. 7. The Centre has so far organised 59 workshops and training programmes on various scientific and technological topics (Annex – II) with more than 1400 participants from ~64 developing countries. These events, which were held at the institutes and Centres of Excellence in various developing countries, viz. Bangladesh, Colombia, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Malawi, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam and Zambia, provided opportunity for scientist-to-scientist and institution-to-institution contacts, familiarisation with the latest developments and techniques, and identification of collaborative projects and areas of training. The Centre also successfully completed two collaborative projects on Low-cost Housing Technology and Bio-Control of Pests and Weeds with participation of a number of member countries. The Centre has brought out 27 priced publications (Annex – III) that include technical books, workshop proceedings, status reports, directories in the areas of priority. In addition, the Centre publishes a quarterly ‘NAM S&T Newsletter’, which reports on the activities of the Centre and the S&T developments in the developing world. The Centre has its own website, which is also used by the developing countries to showcase their achievements and success stories in the fields of Science & Technology. Any specific S&T requirements for intensification of their own national programmes may also be displayed by them on this website for seeking support and reinforcement of other countries. 8. In order to encourage participation of the scientific agencies and institutions and industry of the NAM and other developing countries in the activities of the Centre and also to promote public-private partnership in S&T, a ‘NAM S&T – Industry Network’ has been set up by the Centre, which may be joined by the institutions and industry in the NAM and other developing countries as its members by paying a small annual membership fee. Currently, 10 scientific and academic institutions of Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, India (4), Nigeria (2) and Turkey have joined this Network. 9. As a follow up of the recommendation of the Governing Council of the NAM S&T Centre at its 10th meeting held in New Delhi on December 13, 2003, the Centre initiated a scheme to encourage affiliation of scientists and researchers of the developing countries with the Centres of Excellence in other countries. Under this scheme, the Centre signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Academy of Scientific Research & Technology (ASRT), Egypt in March 2004, and a ‘Joint NAM S&T Centre – ICCS Fellowship Programme’ has been launched in March 2006 under an MOU between the NAM S&T Centre and the International Centre for Chemical Sciences (ICCS) (H.E.J. Research Institute of Chemistry), University of Karachi, Pakistan. Under these activities, fellowships/training are provided to scientists/researchers from the developing countries in various fields. 10. Further, the Centre has instituted a Young Scientist Lectureship Award, which provides scientists and scientific institutions in member countries an opportunity to establish closer cooperation with fellow scientists in various fields of science and technology. 11. The Centre also welcomes external funding and co-sponsorship by other international organisations for implementation of approved scientific projects, and also invites the Centres of Excellence and the S&T institutions and industry in the developing countries to strengthen the efforts being made by the Centre for South-South cooperation by joining its collaborative programmes as explained above. MEMBER COUNTRIES OF THE NAM S&T CENTRE AFRICAN REGION 1. Algeria 2. Burkina Faso 3. Congo 4. Ethiopia 5. Gabon 6. Mauritius 7. Nigeria 8. South Africa 9. Tanzania 10. Togo 11. Uganda 12. Zambia 13. Zimbabwe EUROPE 14. Serbia and Montenegro MIDDLE EAST 15. Cyprus 16. Egypt 17. Iraq 18. Lebanon 19. Malta 20. Syria ASIAN REGION 21. Afghanistan 22. Bangladesh 23. Bhutan 24. DPR Korea 25. India 26. Indonesia 27. Malaysia 28. Myanmar 29. Nepal 30. Pakistan 31. Sri Lanka 32. Vietnam AMERICAS 33. Argentina 34. Bolivia 35. Colombia 36. Cuba 37. Guyana 38. Nicaragua 39. Peru 40. St. Lucia S&T – INDUSTRY NETWORK MEMBERS OF THE NAM S&T CENTRE Bolivia - National Academy of Science (NAS) Botswana – Botswana Technology Centre (BOTEC) Brazil – National Council of Res. & Techn. Development (CNPq) India - International Advanced Research Center for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARC-I), Hyderabad India – Council of Sc. & Industrial Research (CSIR) India - Guru Tegh Bahadur Inst. of Technology (GTBIT), Delhi India - JSS Academy of Technical Education (JSSATE), Noida Nigeria - Federal Institute of Industrial Research Nigeria - Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) Turkey – Sc. & Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) EXPERTS - The institution NAM S&T Centre has networked with a number of experts from its member and other developing countries in various subjects with whom it associates from time to time in connection with the implementation of its various activities, such as publications and preparation of the state-of-the-art reports. For information on an expert in a specific area please contact Professor Arun P. Kulshreshtha, Director, NAM S&T Centre.”


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