CCSTDS (erstwhile CICS) is functioning under the patronage of President, Indian National Science Academy (INSA), New Delhi, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology (DST), New Delhi and Chairman, National Committee, CCSTDS. The Centre is mandated to promote S & T co-operation for the mutual benefit of the scientists of developing countries from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Arab regions.

CCSTDS has been dedicated to the promotion of international scientific co-operation by Dr.T.Ramasami, Former Secretary, Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Science & Technology, GOI, New Delhi.


Recognising the role of science and technology in the development process, the International Council of Scientific Unions (ICSU) established a Committee for Science and Technology in Developing Countries (COSTED) in 1966. The COSTED Secretariat was located in Chennai and was vested with the specific responsibility of promoting and strengthening regional scientific networks in specific areas of Science and Technology.

Considering that the COSTED Secretariat in Chennai had vast experience in regional science and technology promotion, co-operation, diffusion and capacity building; the Indian National Science Academy (INSA), with a long history of S & T relationship with Academies of various countries in consultation with Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) of the Government of India, decided to establish a successor organisation to COSTED under the auspices of INSA to promote science and technology related activities for the mutual benefit of scientists of the developing countries. In 2005 in place of the erstwhile COSTED, the Centre for Co-operation in Science and Technology among Developing Societies (CCSTDS) was established to play a catalytic role in addressing the S&T needs of Asia, Africa and Latin America through capacity building, networking of scientists and scientific institutions, science education and promote co-operation in S&T between India and other developing countries for mutual benefit. The CCSTDS was renamed as Centre for International Co-operation in Science (CICS) and was registered as a Society under The Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act, 1975 in 2011. During the year 2018, CICS was closed and the Centre was again reverted back to CCSTDS mode of operation as a unit of INSA.


The Centre is housed in the premises of Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI), a constituent body of Council of Scientific & Industrial Research. It is headed by Prof.N.Sathyamurthy, Honorary Director, formerly Founder Director, IISER Mohali, who is supported by Two technical and Ten administrative staff.