New Delhi meeting discusses expansion of JINR-India cooperation

News, 21 April 2023

The 24th meeting of the Russian-Indian Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Science and Technological, and Cultural Cooperation held in New Delhi also discussed the cooperation between Russia and India in the field of science. The meeting was co-chaired by Russian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov and Minister of External Affairs of the Republic of India Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.

The meeting participants noted the increased cooperation of Indian scientists with the Joint Institute. To this date, JINR collaborates with 17 Indian scientific organizations and universities. Joint research is being conducted, including as part of the NICA Megascience Project.

According to the Russian side, further development of cooperation between JINR and India requires an increase in the level of coordination of bilateral interaction. The creation of the India-JINR Coordination Committee with the representation of all interested departments of the Indian side in it may be an important step in this direction.

The meeting participants paid special attention to the cooperation between Russia and India in the field of science. The basis for its active development is the Roadmap for Science, Technology, and Innovation Cooperation between Russia and India signed on 1 December 2021.

The document defines the obligations of the parties and topical areas of cooperation, such as biotechnology, artificial intelligence, quantum technologies, cyber-physical systems, oceanography, medicine, fundamental and applied physics. The Working Group on Science and Technology established within the Intergovernmental Commission is a pragmatic aspect of this interaction. The regular meeting of the group took place in January this year.

In addition, competitions for the support of research projects on a bilateral and multilateral basis are regularly held. This year, according to the results of a joint competition of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Russia and the Department of Science and Technology of the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Republic of India, five projects were supported with implementation deadlines of 2023–2025. In order to implement these projects Deputy Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation Konstantin Mogilevsky outlined the possibility of holding regular webinars and workshops with the participation of heads of institutes that work in the areas specified in the Roadmap. In addition, Indian partners were offered to identify priority training areas for young scientists. In the future, Russian research centres will provide internships for them.