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The Department of Science and Technology

The Department of Science and Technology, Government of India is mandated to strengthen "Research and Development" base of the country through organizing, coordinating and promoting Scientific & Technological activities. It is the main public policy support body for Science & Technology. The Department is also the major agency in the country for promotion of basic sciences with a share of nearly 50% of Extra Mural funding of research projects. The Department plays a critical role in the technology development programmes relating to key sectors as well as in the development of International Cooperation in Science and Technology. The Department is promoting international collaborative R & D in various areas of Science & Technology through bilateral collaborative programmes with about 80 countries as well as through multilateral arrangements.

Popularization of science, relating science to society, promotion of entrepreneurship, National Resources data management and generation of databases and initiatives targeting empowerment of women through applications of Science and Technology form important areas of focus for planned interventions by the Department. The Department has been collaborating with many other socio-economic ministries in the Government and Science and Technology Councils of various State Governments.

The Department has been supporting an array of autonomous institutions engaged in basic research, technology forecasting, laboratory accreditation etc.

Ministry of External Affairs

Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, is the nodal Ministry responsible for protecting India's interests, both at home and abroad, on a wide variety of issues including bilateral political and economic cooperation, trade and investment promotion, cultural interaction, press and media liaison as well as a whole host of multilateral issues.

Functions of the Ministry include, representing India in its Embassies, High Commissions, Consulates and Permanent Missions to multilateral organisations like UN; protecting India's national interests in foreign countries; promoting friendly relations with receiving states and also with its people, including NRI/PIOs; tracking developments in various foreign countries to influence policy formulation in India; negotiating agreements on various issues with authorities of receiving states; and extending consular facilities to foreigners and Indian nationals abroad.

At home, Ministry of External Affairs is responsible for all aspects of external relations. Territorial divisions of the Ministry deal with bilateral political and economic affairs, while functional divisions look after policy planning, multilateral organizations, regional groupings, legal matters, disarmament, protocol, consular, Indian Diaspora, press and publicity, administration and other aspects.

About Ficci

Established in 1927, FICCI is the largest and oldest apex business organisation in India. Its history is closely interwoven with India's struggle for independence and its subsequent emergence as one of the most rapidly growing economies globally. FICCI plays a leading role in policy debates that are at the forefront of social, economic and political change. Through its 400 professionals, FICCI is active in 53 sectors of the economy. FICCI's stand on policy issues is sought out by think tanks, governments and academia. Its publications are widely read for their in-depth research and policy prescriptions. FICCI has joint business councils with 75 countries around the world.

A non-government, not-for-profit organisation, FICCI is the voice of India's business and industry. FICCI has direct membership from the private as well as public sectors, including SMEs and MNCs, and an indirect membership of around 2,50,000 companies from regional chambers of commerce.

FICCI works closely with the government on policy issues, enhancing efficiency, competitiveness and expanding business opportunities for industry through a range of specialised services and global linkages. It also provides a platform for sector specific consensus building and networking. Partnerships with countries across the world carry forward our initiatives in inclusive development, which encompass health, education, livelihood, governance, skill development, etc. FICCI serves as the first port of call for Indian industry and the international business community.

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