India-France Boost Involvement in Science and Technology

  • At the second meeting of the Indo-French Joint Committee of Science and Technology (JCST).
  • Co-chaired by Prof Abhay Karandikar, Secretary for the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India and Dr Claire Giry, Director General for Research and Innovation at the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research.

JCST:

  • This meeting comes after the success of the CEFIPRA model that boosted Indo-French Collaboration.
  • Could help step up research partnerships in new-age technologies like ICPS, health, clean energy, AI, quantum technologies, and advanced materials.
  • Need for more collaboration between the innovators and entrepreneurs of the two countries.
  • Held at Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI), Faridabad, Haryana.
  • On the margins of the India International & Science Festival (IISF).
  • The Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research (CEFIPRA), financed by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and the Indian Department of Science and Technology, has been operating since 1987.
  • Aligns with the broader framework “Horizon 2047”, signed on Bastille Day in Paris, on July 2023.
  • Aims to identify thematic priorities, allocate resources, and enhance tools for achieving mutual goals.
  • Co-organized with the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs.

Participants:

  • Deputy Director for Cultural Diplomacy.
  • CEO or deputy CEOs of French research institutes.
  • President of the French National Research Agency (ANR).
  • Indian Department of Science and Technology (DST).
  • Department of Biology and Technology (DBT).
  • Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES).
  • Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
  • Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
  • Director, Indo-French Centre for Promotion of Advanced Research (IFCPAR/CEFIPRA).
  • Director, Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI).

Key Highlights:

  • Both parties have agreed to prioritize scientific collaboration in the thematic fields of Health, Decarbonized Hydrogen, Marine Sciences, and Applied Mathematics.
  • Dedicated calls for projects to be announced soon.
  • An agreement has been reached between ANR and DST to set up calls for proposals funding priorities.
  • CEFIPRA, to be reinforced, to complement ANR-DST calls to further fund other priorities highlighted.
  • Agreed to create ambitious new programs supporting joint research, and mobility of scientists, focusing on new cooperation and young researchers, and maintaining the existing programs devoted to women scientists.
Posted in Current Affairs.