BRICS Astronomy Working Group (BAWG)

BRICS Astronomy Working Group (BAWG)

  • Recently, the 7th meeting of BRICS Astronomy Working Group 2021 BAWG was organized, hosted by India.
  • The main objective of the BAWG meeting is to consider a strategy for all countries to work together in the direction of science -technology and innovation.
  • The meeting was conducted by The Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) from India.

About BAWG:

  • The BRICS Astronomy Working Group provides a platform for BRICS member countries to collaborate in the field of astronomy.
  • It has recommended to present scientific results of the work being done by each country.
  • As a result, whenever the BRICS funding organization announces funding opportunities, it will help in getting financial assistance to start the major project.

Key points of the meeting

  • The BRICS Astronomy Working Group has acknowledged the importance of increasing cooperation among astronomers from the BRICS countries, and recommends telescope networking in member states and the creation of a regional data network.

Composition of BRICS

  • BRICS is a group of countries mainly in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, abbreviated as BRICS.
  • BRICS is an organization of the world’s major emerging economies, which was launched by British economist Jim O’Neill in 2001 by bringing together the four major emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China on one platform. It was then pronounced with the word BRICS.
  • Subsequently, during the first meeting of the BRIC Foreign Ministers in 2006, the group was given a regular and informal look. In December 2010, South Africa was included in the BRIC.
  • South Africa was included in this group at the third summit held in China. Since then, it has become abbreviated to BRICS.
  • The BRICS Summit Forum is chaired every year by the member countries in order B-R-I-C-S respectively. In January 2021, India assumed the presidency of BRICS.

Source – The Hindu

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