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Our cover story tells of the growing call by researchers in India and China to go beyond political differences and make the Himalayan region a hub for scientific collaborations. The annual issue features many other important stories from 2020.
A state known for its heritage, culture and disaster management, and as an emerging hub of scholarship and research, Odisha is making its mark. This special issue captures the aspirations of and challenges for the eastern Indian state in becoming the next national science hub.
Coping with the COVID-19 crisis lies not just in vaccines and drugs, but also technologies that the world’s scientists quickly geared up to invent or repurpose. This special issue focuses on engineering and technology solutions deployed to deal with the pandemic.
Some of the most pressing challenges raised by India’s large population are in the public healthcare, energy and sanitation sectors. Health concerns such as tuberculosis, maternal and infant mortality, vector- and water borne-diseases, malnutrition, hygiene and sanitation remain major problems. This special issue takes a closer look at some of these hazards, and research solutions available to mitigate them, across the developing world.