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India signs MoU with Japan to Launch Joint Research Initiatives

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India signs MoU with Japan
The Ministry of Science & Technology (DBT & DST) ,Govt. of India and RIKEN, Japan's largest research organization have signed MOUs for Launching joint Research programs in the fields of Biology, Life sciences and material sciences. (Genome-related research including systems Biology, Computational science including development of bioinformatics tools, Detection tools (e.g. spectroscopy) for security and other areas of mutual interest).

The Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) were signed by Prof. NOYORI, President of RIKEN and Dr. T. Ramasami, Secretary, Department of Science& Technology (DST) and Dr. K. Vijay Raghavan, Secretary, Department of Bio-Technology (DBT). This will formally launch the RIKEN- DBT&DST Joint Research activities.

The cooperation will facilitate exchange and foster collaborations between Japan and India, in these fields. They extend a long history of collaboration between India and Japan, two powerhouses of Asian research and innovation.

Speaking on the occasion Dr. K. Vijay Raghwan, Secretary DBT said this MoU will usher in a new era of cooperation in the area of innovations and techniques for the agricultural and pharmacological industries in India.

Dr. T. Ramasami, Secretary DST hoped recognizing the importance of science and technology and the high potential of further cooperation in various areas of research between the DST and RIKEN will further the scope of new inventions.

The Ambassador of Japan to India, Mr. Takeshi Yagi said mutual cooperation between the two prominent Asian countries in the fields of Biology, Life sciences and material sciences is an important phenomena and such steps need further strengthening.

On this occasion Prof. NOYORI also delivered a lecture on Science Shapes our Future".

The RIKEN-DBT&DST Joint Research program will also focus on supporting the exchange of researchers, postdoctoral fellow and doctoral students besides doing joint research programs.

RIKEN (http://www.riken.jp/en/) is Japan's leading multidisciplinary research organization for basic and applied research. The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) (http://www.dbtindia.gov.in) and the Department of Science & Technology (DST) (www.dst.gov.in) are science funding government departments to promote Science & Technology and other related activities.

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