Durban, October 7: The two nations India and South Africa share a multi-dynamic bilateral relation which has now reached a new level after completing 20 years of Science and Technology Cooperation. An event is being held in Durban to celebrate this vibrant bond and top officials from both the countries are attending it. Science and technology Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan is leading the Indian delegation to South Africa.
Currently, India is also focusing on Blue-economy. Blue Economy is based on the idea to use locally available resources and employ renewable inputs, for example, "ocean-as-a-resource" that addresses the problems of resource scarcity and enables sustainable development. A comprehensive cooperation in the area of marine science and technology contributing to the ‘Blue economy’ has also emerged.
Yesterday the Minister made a visit to the Square Kilometer Array (SKA), which is a large multi-radio telescope project under development in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. It utilizes radio astronomy and has receiving stations at a minimum distance of 3,000 kilometers (1,900 mi) from a concentrated central core, enabling it to provide the highest resolution images compared to other sub-disciplines of astronomy.