India and Israel signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on 2 August 2012 for starting a collaborative academic research programme. Under the Research programme both the countries will together work in areas such as medical, information technology, social sciences, humanities and arts.

The MoU was signed by Professor Benjamin Geiger, Chairman of the Israel Science Foundation and Ved Prakash, Chairman of University Grants Commission. The agreement will exist for next five years, providing support up to 100000 dollar a research project for three years

The idea of collaborative academic research programme came into being during a recent visit of Minister for Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal to Israel. Sibal during the course of her visit had conducted dialogue with Israel’s Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar and Chairman of Planning and Budgeting Committee Manuel Trajtenberg.

India and Israel signed an academic research agreement to jointly collaborate in the areas of Medicine, Technologies, Humanities, Arts and Social sciences.

An MoU was signed in this regard between the University Grants Commission and Israel Science Foundation for launching a three-year ‘India-Israel Joint Research Program’ which would bring together scientists and researchers from two countries to carry forward academic research in these areas.

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Source: TOI, The Hindu, Jagran Josh