Muhammad Wahajuddin is serving as Principal Scientist and Associate Professor (AcSIR) at Pharmaceutics & Pharmacokinetics Division, CSIR- Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, India. He is also a registered patent agent with the Indian patent office in New Delhi. He is one of the co-leads of Science Diplomacy in South Asia, a working group of the Global Young Academy (2020-2021). He has been elected to the Indian National Young Academy of Sciences and admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (UK), the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), and the Higher Education Academy (UK). Corresponding author ( 


A multidisciplinary group of scientists discusses the past and present status of science diplomacy in South Asia, with particular reference to existing science and technology agreements, COVID-19 diplomacy, and nationalism.