Cabinet apprised of Indo-German pact to build ‘sustainability centre’

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New Delhi, July 27 (IANS) The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was on Wednesday apprised of the Joint Declaration of Intent (JDI) between Department of Science & Technology (DST) and the Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany on Indo German-Centre for Sustainability (IGCS).

An official release said that JDI was concluded on May 30 in Berlin during the fourth Inter-Governmental Consultations between India and Germany between Prime Minister Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel to to promote cooperation between German and Indian scientists on fundamental and applied scientific research.

It includes areas such as policy support, teaching, training and dissemination of information in the area of sustainable development and climate change through inter-disciplinary/trans-disciplinary research.

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The Indian Institution of Technology-Madras will act as host institution for the proposed Sustainability Centre.

The Centre further aims to nurture future collaboration by widening the network with other universities, institutes and industries in both countries.

The DST will provide grant-in-aid support to IGCS for undertaking research in the areas of climate change for sustainable development. DST and BMBF will jointly support the IGCS for a period of five years starting from January 2018.

–IANS

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