28th January, 2003
Ministry of Science & Technology


India and Iran today discussed the modalities for effective implementation of the programmes envisaged in the just concluded agreement on cooperation in Science and Technology. The issue came up at a meeting here between the visiting Iranian Minister for Science, Research and Technology Dr. Mustafa Moin and the Minister for Human Resource Development and Science & Technology Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi. The two leaders describing the agreement as a landmark in Indo-Iranian relations decided to speedily set up the joint committee for smooth implementation of the accord.

Realising the potential of collaboration in biotechnology, Iran expressed keen interest in genetic engineering. Some of its scientists are to be trained in premier bio-tech institutions of India. Dr. Moin also wanted India’s help in Information Technology and said that Iran is planning to set up an IT university. Cooperation in Ocean development and earthquake studies also figured during the discussions. Dr. Joshi suggested that the two sides should also take up a joint study of Indo-Iranian history to understand the deep ancient cultural heritage.

The agreement signed between Dr. Moin and Dr. Joshi last Saturday in the presence of President Khatami and Prime Minister Vajpayee envisages cooperation in information and communication technology, industrial technology, food technology, pharmaceutical research, energy, environment, medical and agricultural biotechnology, metallurgy, oil and petrochemicals and alternative sources of energy. The agreement is expected to go a long way in giving a boost to the tardy scientific collaboration between the two nations.


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