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Way2k 5 Oct 2012
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The Banaras Hindu University (BHU) was one of the participants at the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between India and Israel. BHU vice chancellor Dr. Lalji Singh was one of the members of the delegation led by human resource development minister Kapil Sibal. The delegation made a visit to Israel from April 3 to 6.

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According to BHU spokesperson, the President of India approved a seven-member delegation led by HRD minister to commemorate the 20th anniversary of full diplomatic relations between India and Israel. Both countries, mutually seeking to enhance academic cooperation, agreed to launch a joint programme that would facilitate mutually beneficial research and academic activities. India's HRD minister Kapil Sibal, Israel's minister of finance Dr. Yuval Steinitz and minister of education Gideon Sa'ar agreed in principle to establish a long-term programme that would bring together Indian and Israeli researchers to carry forward research in areas of mutual interests.

The total scope of programme will reach five million USD from each side annually in steady state over a three years period. Both sides agreed that the programme would be coordinated by the University Grants Commission (UGC) from the Indian side and the Israel Science Foundation (ISF) from the Israeli side.

The BHU VC said there was lot to learn from small country like Israel, which had made its strong economic, military presence in not to its neighboring countries but to the whole world. This strength of Israel is coming from its strong base in science, technology and education. The future cooperation between two countries will focus on science, technology and education. He said the drip irrigation system established by the Israel was just not a technology came out of science but the realization and commitments of its people. Israel is known for its deserts. To irrigate their sandy soils Israeli people used pipe to save the water. Some of the part of pipe had leakage and the area surrounding the leakage became green. This led to identification and establishment of Drip Irrigation and Israel succeeded in converting its large dessert in to greenery and today 12th April, they are leader in drip irrigation.

"We should learn from Israel that for a successful venture in a country, there is a need of strong will of the people of the country," he said adding: "We are going to work on mutual interest for research cooperation between India and Israel." He said the possible area identified were renewable and sustainable energies, climate and environmental science, plant science and agricultural technologies, computer science- algorithms, robotics, artificial intelligence, marine biology, bio-medical sciences, cyber security, brain research and cognitive sciences, photonics, communication technologies.

The VC informed that in June 2012 there would be joint workshop to finalize the framework and professional issues in Delhi, during September 2012 a final agreement would be signed about different agenda and institution participation between the two countries through UGC (India) and Israel Science Foundation (Israel). It is expected that final approval of the proposals will come during July 2013. He said BHU would try to partner in important areas identified by two countries to benefit BHU in particular and Poorvanchal in general. He said during the visit to Israel, the delegation also visited Bar-llan University, Ramat Gan, Weizmann Institute of Science, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and important institutes of science and education.

Courtesy: Times of India

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