The Union Cabinet has been apprised of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and Canada to foster cross-border partnerships focused on research excellence and industry-academic collaboration. The MoU was signed in February 2018 in New Delhi.
The MoU aims at fostering cross-border partnerships in research excellence and industry-academic collaboration between India and Canada to bring robust innovation gains to both countries. It will enable researchers from both countries to undertake graduate level academic research mobility and cross-border industry-academic cooperation.
Under graduate level academic research mobility programme, both countries will support upto 110 Masters and PhD student researchers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields in 3-year period. Eligible students from Indian universities will get chance to participate in 12 to 24 weeks’ research with Canadian university research laboratories. The same number of researchers from Canadian universities will also participate in 12 to 24 weeks’ research with research laboratories of eligible Indian universities.
Under cross-border Industry-Academic Cooperation, upto 40 Master’s and PhD student researchers in 3-years from each side will participate in 16 to 24 weeks’ research with industry partners located in counterpart country. The collaboration is expected to lead to new knowledge creation, Industrial exposure, joint scientific publications, Intellectual Property generation, etc. This MoU will further strengthen India’s long-standing relationship in Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation with Canada.