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The S&T Agreement between the two countries was signed in November 1985.

  • It is implemented through India-Japan Joint Committee (IJJC) on Cooperation in S&T which looks into major policy issues, reviews the progress and proposes measures for enhancing the cooperation.

  • From Indian side it is coordinated by Department of Science and Technology (DST) with members from CSIR, ICMR, DBT and other scientific departments of India. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) coordinates on behalf of the Government of Japan, with members from Education, Science, Health, Industry and other relevant Ministries.

  • Under this Committee, the mode of cooperation includes joint projects, joint workshops/seminars, joint utilization of major research facilities and science and technology agency fellowships.

  • Other cooperation arrangements like those with different agencies and institutions are also monitored by the Joint Committee

In order to develop enhanced and diversified cooperation in different areas, another major program is:

India-Japan Cooperative Science Programme(under the aegis of India Japan Science Council (IJSC)) was initiated in 1993. To review the progress and decide next year’s activities an India-Japan Science Council (IJSC) has been set up.

  • For IJSC, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) is the counterpart agency of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India

  • India Japan Science Council is working for last 19 years and has so far been a very effective vehicle of S&T cooperation between the two countries.

  • It has further promoted and strengthened closer ties between Indian and Japanese scientific communities through joint programmes such as research projects, seminars, visits of scientists, RONPAKU Fellowships and Asia Academic Seminars. Priority areas under this programme are the following:

  • a) Molecular Structure, Dynamics and Molecular Materials, including Supramolecular Science.

    b) Advanced Materials, including Polymers and Nano-materials

    c) Modern Biology and Biotechnology

    d) Manufacturing Sciences

    e) Astronomy & Astrophysicsf)

    f) Surface and Interface Sciences

  • Till date more than 1500 exchange visits of scientists have taken place from both sides, 60 joint seminars/workshops, 8 Asian Academic seminars have been organized and 8 Raman-Mizushima lectures have been delivered by eminent Indian and Japanese scientists.

  • During FY 2010-11, 22 new projects have been initiated in six priority areas mentioned above and two joint workshops will be organized in the areas of Nanotechnology & Material Science.

  • An Asian Academy Seminar on “Astronomy &space science” was held in Kobe, Japan, during 26 September- October 1, 2011 involving 30 International experts and 60 young scientists from Asia including 20 from India.

  • As on date, 17 meetings of the India-Japan Science Council have taken place. The last meeting was held in Kolkata, India during 17-18 March 2012. About 20 new projects have been recommended for 2012-13 in this meeting.



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