Focus: GS-II International Relations

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  • Eight binational teams consisting of researchers from India and the US have received awards to pursue cutting-edge research in pathogenesis and disease management of COVID-19 through Indo-US virtual networks.
  • The Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) announced the awards.
  • The areas of research they will pursue include antiviral coatings, immune modulation, tracking SARS CoV-2 in wastewater, disease detection mechanisms, reverse genetics strategies, and drug repurposing.

Indo-U.S. Science & Technology Forum (IUSSTF)

  • The Indo – U.S Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) was established under an agreement between the Governments of India and the United States of America in 2000.
  • It is an autonomous bilateral organization jointly funded by both the Governments.
  • Its aim is to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Innovation through substantive interaction among government, academia and industry.
  • The Department of Science & Technology, Government of India and the U.S. Department of States are respective nodal departments.
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