SAARC Science Caravan to popularise science among students

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New Delhi, Sep 16 (UNI) The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) today agreed to put into operation a 'SAARC Science Caravan' that will travel to all member states to popularise science among students.

The agreement was reached at the first meeting of SAARC ministers of Science and Technology here.

In a declaration adopted at the end of the conference, the ministers stressed the need for inculcating scientific temper among the people of South Asia for meeting the developmental challenges of the region.

They reiterated their commitment to strengthening intra-regional cooperation through a programme of cooperation in Science and Technology and through the establishment of a virtual SAARC technology information system and a web portal linking existing technology transfer and licensing organisations in member countries.

The ministers also agreed on regional seminars on renewable energy, solid waste management, orthodontics, water treatment and sanitation.

The next meeting would be held in Colombo next year.

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