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India, Germany to set up Science Centre

India and Germany have decided to set up a Science Centre to accelerate their cooperation in science and technology.

india Updated: Apr 24, 2006 13:20 IST

India and Germany have decided to set up a Science Centre to accelerate their cooperation in science and technology, particularly in the frontier areas of space, biotechnology and medical research.

"This Science Centre is a unique project that will have equity participation from both Indian and German governments and their private sectors," Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibal said.

"It will be a new milestone in our cooperation in the arena of technology and research," he added.

"The Indo-German Science Circle has given a new impetus to this cooperation and will further strengthen contacts between science and academic communities," said a joint statement issued at the end of talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday.

The envisaged Indo-German Science, Research and Technology Centre is expected to accelerate the process of buttressing links between the two countries' academic and strategic communities.

Germany has backed India's participation in the multibillion dollar Galileo project -- the Global Navigation Satellite System -- and will continue ongoing bilateral cooperation in the Chandrayan moon mission project.

Berlin also promised to place a higher premium on cooperation between India and Germany during its presidency of the EU next year.

Both countries plan to organise a ministerial conference on science and technology early next year.

The Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) and its German counterpart, the Helmholtz Association of German Research, are to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU).

"There is no limit to what India and Germany can do in the area of science, technology and research," Sibal said.