India and Croatia have
signed a joint declaration for
strengthening scientific and technological cooperation between the two
countries. The declaration was signed
by the Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Mr.
Kapil Sibal and the Croatian
Minister of Science, Education and Sports Mr. Dragan Primorac in Zagreb
on February 2, 2007.
The joint declaration
pursues the Programme of
Cooperation in science and technology for the period 2005-08 being implemented
by the Department of Science & Technology on the Indian side and Ministry
of Science, Education and Sports on the Croatian side.
at further expanding and intensifying two way exchanges between the scientific R and D communities of
India and Croatia. Following are the highlights of the declaration:
- The Parties shall further strengthen bilateral
cooperation in scientific R and D, by intensifying and developing cooperation
in the following fields: environment, oceanography, biotechnology, pharmacology,
nanotechnology and shipbuilding.
- With a view to effectively pursuing the above
objective, the Parties agreed to establish a Joint Fund of one million
Euros, for which each Party will make an equal contribution. The next
meeting of the Joint Committee shall be organized within three months to
develop modalities and identify projects under this Fund.
- Both Parties agreed to work out joint projects
for FP7 Programme of EU.
- Indian Party agreed to the participation of its
scientists in peer reviews/evaluations of Croatian national R & D projects.
Indian Party will provide to
the Croatian Party a list of Indian
experts/institutions for this purpose.
- Both Parties agreed to collaborate in the use of
GIS technologies, especially in applications in coastal areas.
- The Parties shall develop and adopt appropriate
plans of action and cooperation, to effectively implement the objectives
of this Declaration.
(Release ID :24533)