India, Israel sign MoU to strengthen collaboration in high technology including AI

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India, Israel sign MoU to strengthen collaboration in high technology including AI
India, Israel sign MoU to strengthen collaboration in high technology including AI

Collaboration with Israel will be in high technology areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Quantum and semiconductors, synthetic biology etc.

A memorandum of understanding has been signed between the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) of the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D) of the Ministry of Defense in Israel (IMoD) on industrial research and development cooperation.

To improve cooperation in the areas of science and technology between India and Israel, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between the two countries. The MoU was signed between India’s Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) under the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) and the Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D), under Israel’s Ministry of Defense.

On the occasion, Dr N Kalaiselvi, DG, CSIR and Secretary, DSIR gave an overview of CSIR, showcasing its technological and research prowess as well as the ongoing collaboration discussions with DDR&D, Israel in Aerospace, Healthcare, Energy. Sharing CSIR’s priority topics she concurred to the interest of DDR&D for furthering collaboration with Israel in high technology areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Quantum and semiconductors, synthetic biology etc.

Acknowledging the ongoing cooperation efforts of CSIR and his team, Dr. Daniel Gold, Head, DDR&D envisioned that the CSIR-DDR&D cooperation would be beneficial for the welfare of both the countries. He added that DDR&D welcomes collaboration not only with R&D organizations but also with start-ups and companies, venture capitals on both sides. He apprised that AI and photonics are strengths of Israel and welcomed cooperation with CSIR in High Technology sectors which would pave the way for building a better future.

Stressing the successful completion of three decades of India-Israel successful diplomatic relations, Mr. Naor Gilon, Ambassador of Israel to India emphasised the close friendly relations between Israel and India, which have culminated into a strategic partnership after the complimentary visits of Prime Ministers of both the countries in 2018. The present CSIR-DDR&D cooperation would add another feather and be a milestone for India-Israel relations.

Dr N Kalaiselvi and Dr. Daniel Gold signed the CSIR-DDR&D MoU in the presence of Dr Jitendra Singh, Minister of Science and Technology, Government of India.

The MoU shall enable cooperation in the industrial R&D programs in mutually agreeable industrial technology fields through implementation of specific projects. The collaboration would encompass some of the key industrial sectors including healthcare; aerospace and electronics instrumentation; civil, infrastructure and engineering; chemicals and petrochemicals, sustainable energy including energy devices; ecology, environment, earth and ocean sciences and water; mining, minerals, metals and materials; agriculture, nutrition and biotechnology.

The collaboration through the MoU would be steered and the execution monitored by a Joint Steering Committee led by the heads of the CSIR and DDR&D for taking forward mutually benefiting Industrial and technology cooperation.

In his remarks, Dr Jitendra Singh said that it is a very important year in the science and technology sphere of India as the country is holding G20 presidency, celebrating the international year of millets, as also India and Israel completed 30 years of successful diplomatic relations.

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