The Department of Science and Technology in collaboration with the Russian Ministry of Education and Science has jointly established the Indo-Russian Science and Technology Centre (IRSTC) with offices at New Delhi NCR region and in Moscow.
The Indian Office of the IRSTC started functioning from April, 2012 while Russian Office is functional from December, 2011. The Centre is presently functioning in a project mode for an initial period of three years.
The following terms and references have been mutually agreed upon:
(i) Both sides (India and Russia) are to financially support the Centre in their respective country;
(ii) IRSTC is mandated to facilitate transfer of proven technology (at laboratory scale or pilot scale) to industry, both from India and Russia;
(iii) IRSTC is also mandated to explore for all possible technologies including nanotechnology;
(iv) IRSTC would provide services for information search; organize meetings, seminars and conferences, presentation, exhibitions and advertising of various available technologies;
(v) IRSTC would facilitate preparation and conclusion of technology transfer agreement between technology supplier and acquirer.
Union Minister of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences Shri S.Jaipal Reddy gave this information in reply to a written question in the Lok Sabha today.