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Embassy of India

(Science & Technology Wing)


Bilateral  Cooperation in the field of Science & Technology 
between India and Japan 

 Indo-Japan S&T cooperation was formalized through Inter-Governmental Agreement signed in 1985 between Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India and Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Government of Japan. 

Indo Japan Joint S&T Committee  Co-Chaired by Department of Science & Technology (DST) India and Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), Japan, is the apex body which provides vision and direction to the cooperative S&T activities. The 9th Meeting of Indo-Japan Joint S&T Committee was held on 30 January 2017 in India.

An Implementation Arrangement (IA) between DST & Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology (MEXT) was signed in January 2014 at New Delhi.   The two sides have held two Coordination Committee Meetings for S&T Cooperation since then.

Our bilateral S&T Cooperation also has institutional framework with different Japanese Government Agencies involving value-based partnership on the principles of 'reciprocity and co-funding'. 

DST-Japan Society for the Promotion of Science   (JSPS)

The India-Japan Cooperative Science Programme was initiated in 1993 with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) being guided by India-Japan Science Council (IJSC). Till date 19 meetings of India-Japan Science Council have been held. The last meeting was held in Bangalore, India in April 2016.

Priority areas of joint project and Joint Workshops  includes: Physical and Chemical Systems; Fundamental Science, Engineered Materials Systems; Engineering and Processes, Natural Systems; Biology and Life Sciences, Global Systems; Earth-Space, Marine, and Environment and Mathematics and Computational Science.

Till date, more than 250 joint projects have been supported, 1600 exchange visits of scientists have taken place from both sides, 65 joint seminars/workshops and 9 Asian Academic seminars have been organized and 10 Raman-Mizushima lectures have been delivered by eminent Indian and Japanese scientists. 

A Letter of Intent (LoI) in December 2015 was signed between Department of Science & Technology (DST) and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) to initiate the Fellowship Programme for the young researchers.  

DST-Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)

A Memorandum of Understanding between Department of Science and Technology, India and with Japan Science and Technology Agency, Japan was signed on 8th December 2006.

Eighteen joint research projects in the area of Interdisciplinary Information and Communication Technology have been supported.

Three projects in the areas of Biomedical Sciences are currently under implementation.

A Letter of Intent on the Strategic International Cooperative Program between Department of Science and Technology of India and the Japan Science and Technology Agency  was signed in December 2015. The LoI aims to promote collaborative activities for functional applications of Physical Sciences in Information and Communication Technology (including Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Analysis) between India and Japan. In response to the recent joint call under this LoI, three India-Japan Joint Laboratories in the area of "Architecting Intelligent dependable Cyber Physical System Targeting IoT and Mobile Big Data Analysis", "Security in the Internet of Things Space" and "Data Science-based Farming Support System for Sustainable Crop Production under Climatic Change" have been established in 2016. 

DST-RIKEN An Addendum to the Memorandum of Understanding between Department of Science and Technology, India and Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (Rikagaku Kenkyūjyo or RIKEN) was signed on 14th September, 2013 in New Delhi. The Addendum includes the cooperation in the areas of Material Science and Life Science and provision to provide financial support for mobility-based joint projects which include exchange of faculty, students, scientists, research staff, technicians, specialists, experts and organisation of joint workshop/seminar.

Indian Beam Line at KEK, Tsukuba

 The Indian Beam Line project was initiated at the Photon Factory at KEK (The High Energy Accelerator Research Organization), Tsukuba, Japan to develop science collaboration in the area of advanced materials research. The  first Indian Beamline was established by the DST in  2010. 186 Indian scientists from 14 institutions across the country undertook experiments using this facility.  77 experiments using 389 days of beam time, leading to new knowledge creation and publication of research papers in international journals. The project was completed in March 2015.

MEXT and DST agreed to support the second phase of the Beamline for a further 5 years.  Accordingly, an MoU between KEK and DST was extended in June 2015 to continue the second phase of Indian beam line at Photon Factory, KEK, Tsukuba for  R&D in the area of advanced materials research.. 

SAKURA Science Programme:

JST has initiated a programme to invite high school students from Asian countries to visit Japanese universities and research laboratories and also interact with Nobel laureates. India was included in this programme in 2015. Department of Science and Technology/Ministry of Human Resource and Development implement this programme from  India. More than 1500 Indian students and researchers have visited Japan under this programme until Dec 2018.

DBT-AIST Collaboration

Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India has concluded a comprehensive Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science & Technology (AIST), Japan in February 2007 under the Joint Statement towards India-Japan Strategic and Global Partnership, signed by the Prime Ministers of India and Japan in December 2006. 

Till date, 8 projects focusing on drugs /therapeutics for diseases like cancer have been supported. 4 projects funded in the area of bio-informatics in collaboration with scientists at CBRC (Computational Biology Research Center), Tokyo include projects on developing software tools to identify and characterise members of olfactory receptors, designing Cyborg lectin for use in targeted drug delivery system in cancer and to identify efflux pump inhibitors for Multidrug Resistant bacteria. Another 4 projects supported in the area of Cell Engineering in collaboration with the Biomedical Research Institute at Tsukuba focus on studies aimed at understanding cancers and novel ways for intervention using Ashwagandha derived phytochemicals. 

MoU was renewed for second term (2012-2017) along with an establishment of a joint laboratory DAILAB (DBT-AIST International Laboratory for Advance Biomedicine) at Biomedical Research Institute (BRI), Tsukuba campus of AIST, Japan in October 2013. The first International laboratory in Life Sciences & Biotechnology of the two institutions is actively conducting research projects on integrated drug screenings for stress, aging and cancer intervention with prime focus on elucidation of functional mechanisms of selected drugs. Besides, several education and training programs to young researchers from India and other countries. SISTERs (Satellite Institutes for Special Training Education and Research) have been set up at IIT-Delhi; RCB, Faridabad, India; USJP, Sri Lanka; Manipal University, India; and Sikkim University, India.

The MoU for the next five year period was signed during the visit of Prime Minister Abe to India in September 2017. DBT also signed Joint Research Contract with AIST for expansion of DAILAB to DAICENTER in the same visit. DIACENTER expands the scope of the collaboration to focused research activities with several institutions in India and other Asian countries like Sri-Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand. It will focus on connecting academia to industry and network innovation to entrepreneurship, thereby promoting S&T relationship of the two countries. DAILAB has become a role model of India-Japan S&T co-operation

Stem Cell Research with CiRA, Kyoto University

The Department of Biotechnology has implemented an Indo-Japan collaborative project on “Accelerating the application of stem cell technology in human disease” with four participating institutions from India and Centre for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA), Kyoto University, Japan as international partner. The program aims to develop infrastructure and expertise for India to be a competitive force in the field of regenerative medicine and induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) biology for developing treatments for sickle cell anemia, β-thalassemia and brain disorders and creating Haplobank (biobank of revertible, mutant embryonic stem cells) relevant to our population.

 MoES & JAMSTEC Collaboration

A Memorandum of Cooperation on mutual cooperation in Marine and Earth Science and Technology was signed in November, 2016 between the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) and the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), during the visit of PM Modi to Japan . The MOU aims to establish and promote cooperation in the field of marine and earth science and technology, based on mutual equality and benefits through joint surveys,  cruises, and R&D activities etc. MoES and JAMSTEC have identified 3 joint-projects in areas of climate modeling for monsoon prediction, deep-sea exploration and earthquake and tsunami warning research in the Andaman sea in July 2018.

Cooperation in Nuclear Science and Technology

MoU between Indian Nuclear Society (INS) and Japan Atomic Energy Society (JAES) was signed in September 2013 in Tokyo to promote peaceful uses of nuclear science & technology.

MoU between DAE and KEK

A memorandum of understanding was signed,  in Feb 2012, between the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and KEK to establish collaborative activities, and to focus on developments in the field of particle physics through KEK’s Belle-II experiment, detector research and development projects, synchrotron science, and accelerator science. The MoU facilitates collaboration for R&D with DAE institutions viz. Rajaramanna Center for Advanced Technology, Indore, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata and Bhabha Atomic Research Center (BARC), Mumbai on various aspects of accelerator research.  

CSIR-AIST Collaboration

An MoU between National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) of Japan and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) of India was signed in February 2007 for mutual cooperation in the areas of Clean coal technologies, biomass, organic chemical process and life sciences.

 Cooperation between DGH and JOGMEC   

An MOU was signed between DGH & Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) in February 2007 for collaboration on the research and development of the technologies pertaining to methane hydrate for 2 years and was extended automatically for one year till February 2010. The MOU has been extended thrice and is valid up to February 2019.

 Cooperation in Space Science and Technology

Japan Space Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Collaboration dates back to 1960s, since the establishment of Thumba Equatorial Rocket Station at Thumba (Thiruvananthapuram). Scientists from Japan, especially those from Nagoya University have successfully used ISRO facilities at Thumba and Balloon facility at Hyderabad for X-ray, gamma-ray and infrared observation of the universe.

An "Arrangement concerning the considerations of potential future cooperation in field of outer space" was signed in October, 2005  between the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Subsequently both agencies have signed cooperative documents addressing lunar exploration, satellite navigation,  X-ray astronomy and Asia Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APSRAF). ISRO and JAXA signed an Memorandum of Understanding to pursue future cooperative activities in the use and exploration of outer space exclusively for peaceful purposes on 11 November 2016. An implementation arrangement between ISRO and JAXA concerning collaboration activities on the radio occultation (a remote sensing technique used for measuring the physical properties of a planetary system) experiment in JAXA's Venus orbiter mission Akatsuki (Planet-C) was signed on 20 January 2017.

 JAXA and ISRO will work together in the field of disaster mitigation through the Sentinel Asia project under the framework of the AsiaPacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF). India and Japan co-organised APRSAF in Bengaluru in 2017.  

ISRO and JAXA signed an Implementation Arrangement (IA) concerning Pre-Phase A Study and Phase A Study of Joint Lunar Polar Exploration Mission in December 2017, and successfully completed the feasibility study report in March 2018.

ISRO and JAXA signed an Implementation Arrangement (IA) concerning cooperation on validations, improvement, and applications of rainfall products using satellite images and ground measurements in June 2018.

Other collaborations

In addition to the above S&T collaborations between India and Japan, several institutional cooperation mechanisms exist between Indian institutes and universities viz., Indian Institute of Sciences, Indian Institute of Technologies, Delhi University, Manipal University, CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography, CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute, National Institute of Ocean Technology, Indian Institute of Geomagnetism, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Advanced International Research Center for Powdered Metallurgy, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) and Japanese institutes like, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), RIKEN,  National Institute of Material Sciences, Japan Agency for Marine Science and Technology, Tokyo University, Hokkaido University, Tohoku University, Toyo University, Keio University etc.

Jan 2019