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Background:

With a view to provide more focus and purpose to S&T cooperation between the two countries in October 2003, it was conveyed to consider setting up of a Science and Technology Initiative to support pure science research in frontier areas of Science and Technology. It was also suggested that research institutions in either country can act as nodal points and sign MOUs to facilitate implementation.

During the visit of Prime Minister of Japan to India in April, 2005 it was agreed that the new Science and Technology Initiative would explore the possibility of substantial cooperation in the emerging areas of modern biology, biotechnology, health and care, agriculture, hydrocarbon fuels, nano-science and nano-technology, environment, information and communication technology, robotics, alternative sources of energy etc.

Various meetings towards New S & T Initiative

i.) IJJC Meeting to launch New Initiative

The meeting of India-Japan Joint Committee on Science and Technology (IJJC), which could not be held after Pokhran II, was revived after a gap of 6 years and the 7th Meeting held in India in December 2005. (Prior to this, the 6th Meeting of IJJC was held on 6-7 September, 1999 in Tokyo and the 5th Meeting was held in New Delhi in December 1997.)

The Committee agreed to work on the new initiative. The fields of research cooperation were prioritized and specific areas were identified.

ii) The First meeting of India-Japan Science and Technology Initiative which was held in Tokyo, Japan on 16-17 October, 2006.

(In three fields of nano-technology, life science and ICT, 12 areas were identified)

iii) This was immediately followed by Consultations between Ministers in charge of Science and Technology of the two countries from 18 to 20 October 2006.

They approved the launching of the following joint projects under the Science and Technology

Initiative:

  • Joint R & D Programme in areas such as nano-technology, life science and information and communication technology(ICT);

  • Development of Open Access Database of the available ongoing and prospective research undertaken individually and through joint collaboration in their respective academic, public and industrial institutions;

  • Collaboration in the area of scientific deep sea drilling.

The MOU between Department of Science and Technology, India and with Japan Science and Technology, Japan was signed on 8th December 2006. The following progress achieved:

  • Under this initiative, a workshop on 'Open Access Dat


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