India, Japan to boost cooperation in science and technology
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe pledged to boost the cooperation of their countries in science and technology during their talks here on Monday.
India and Japan welcomed the development of a researchers' network through the alumni association organized by Indian researchers, who have research experience in Japan under fellowship programme of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).
India also hailed Japan's intention to invite young Indian researchers and students to Japan through the JSPS Fellowship Program and Japan-Asia Youth Exchange Program in Science.
Further, both countries welcomed the signing of the Letter of Intent between the Ministry of Earth Sciences of India and the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) to launch new cooperation in the field of ocean and earth science and technology, which includes ocean observation, climate variability, and geophysical studies in the Indian Ocean and deep sea technologies.
Also, India and Japan recognized the successful operation of the Indian Beam Line at High-Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK) at Tsukuba as a flagship cooperative activity. Additionally, both countries announced their decision to take forward this collaboration in structural materials science area to the second phase for the study of advanced materials.
Both countries also decided to pursue further cooperation in the field of space through approaches such as Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF) and expressed their expectation that Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) would work together to further strengthen its cooperation.
Both India and Japan also welcomed the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation between the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of India and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan in the field of healthcare.
India and Japan also expressed their expectation to enhance development of medical devices which meet Indian needs through new initiative of joint research and development on medical devices of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and Osaka University.
Both countries also noted with satisfaction the recent progress of the promotion of business under cooperative framework between Japanese company and Indian hospital in terms of establishment of advanced cancer diagnosis and treatment center in India.
Prime Minister Modi, who is also scheduled to meet Emperor Akihito, is presently on a three-day visit to Japan that will conclude on September 3.
(Posted on 02-09-2014)