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Cabinet apprised JDI on Indo German-Centre for Sustainability

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has apprised Joint Declaration of Intent (JDI) between on Indo German-Centre for Sustainability (IGCS).

The JDI was concluded in May, 2017 during the fourth Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC) between India and Germany in Berlin.

Key Facts

The objective of JDI on IGCS is to promote cooperation between German and Indian scientists on fundamental and applied scientific research. It includes areas such as policy support, training, teaching and dissemination of information in the area of climate change and sustainable development through inter-disciplinary research.

The IGCS will nurture future collaboration by widening the network with other Institutes, Universities and industries in both countries. On the Indian side, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras will act as the host institution for IGCS.

Under this JDI, the required institutional framework will be developed to provide fund support to the IGCS at IIT, Madras by Department of Science and Technology (DST) and BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research), Germany.

DST will provide grant-in-aid support to IGCS for undertaking research in the areas of climate change for sustainable development. Besides, both agencies will jointly support the IGCS for a period of 5 years starting from January 2018.

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India and Germany Ink 12 Pacts

India and Germany has inked 12 agreements after delegation level talks between Prime Minister Modi and German chancellor Angela Merkel on a range of issues like  trade, skill development, cyber security and terrorism.

Agreements

The 12 agreements include 9 joint declarations of intent (JDIs) and 3 memoranda of understanding (MoU). They are:

  • Agreement on collaboration between the Ministry of Skill Development and Germany’s BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research). This agreement would facilitate training of Indian skill development officers and cluster managers.
  • JDI between Ministry of Science and Technology and the BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research) for the establishment of a Indo-German Centre for Sustainability.
  • JDI between the Ministry of External Affairs and the German Foreign Office on cooperation on cyber policy.
  • JDI between the Ministry of Finance and BMZ (Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development) on Indo-German Development Cooperation.
  • JDI between the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and BMWi (Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy) over continuation of cooperation in the field of advanced training of corporate and junior executives from India.
  • JDI between the Department of Heavy Industries and BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research) on cooperation in vocational education and skill development for machine tools.
  • Agreement between Ministry of Health and BMG (Federal Ministry of Health) on cooperation in health sector.
  • Agreement between the AYUSH and BMG (Federal Ministry of Health) over cooperation in alternative medicine.
  • JDI between the Ministry of External Affairs and the German Foreign Office on collaboration between Foreign Service institutes of both the country.
  • JDI between the Ministry of Railways and German Ministry of Transport on cooperation in railway safety.
  • JDI between the Ministry of Urban Development and German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development on cooperation for sustainable urban development.

Others

India thanked Germany for supporting its membership bid in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). India and Germany both support each other’s candidature for a permanent seat in a reformed UN Security Council. The G4 nations comprising Brazil, Germany, India, and Japan are supporting each other’s candidature for a permanent seat in a reformed UN Security Council.

India and Germany together has also vowed to counter the challenges posed by those who encourage, support and finance terrorism. They also called for the earlier adoption of Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism. European countries like Germany, France, the UK and Sweden have recently faced a spate of terror attacks. The latest terror attack was at a concert in Manchester, UK.

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