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A boost for Norwegian-Indian cooperation

Research and innovation are high on the agenda as plans are being laid for future cooperation between Norway and India. His Majesty King Harald of Norway and His Excellency President Pranab Mukherjee of India were among the participants at a seminar on research and innovation in Oslo on 14 October 2014.

The seminar was part of the programme for the first-ever State Visit to Norway from India. Some 250 participants from research and higher education, trade and industry, and the political sphere met under the auspices of the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) to discuss expanded cooperation between the two countries.


Close cooperation can be enhanced

Speakers from both countries said that research cooperation between Norway and India has been highly productive for many years, and that they would like to see even greater cooperation in the future.

In his remarks to the assembly, Minister of Education and Research, Torbjørn Røe Isaksen stated that Norway’s objective to develop world-class research and innovation groups cannot be achieved in isolation. He went on to say that India is a key player in the global research arena on which Norway will be so dependent in the future.


New Memorandums of Understanding

Norwegian and Indian partners signed a total of nine Memorandums of Understanding (MoU). Two of them were signed by the Research Council of Norway’s Director General, Arvid Hallén, and representatives from India’s Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

The MoUs involve planned bilateral funding announcements in the areas of polar research, geohazards and health.

In his remarks at the seminar, Mr Hallén drew attention to a recent bibliometric survey which shows that Norway enjoys productive cooperation with India, but that the potential for further development is great.

“Research is an inherently international undertaking, and India’s significance as a research partner for Norway is growing. Today we have signed Memorandums of Understanding that are important to both our countries,” said Mr Hallén.

The following Memorandums of Understanding were signed at the conference:

 

Details of the Agreement/MoU

Signed by

MoU between the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) and the Research Council of Norway in the field of Earth System Sciences

Secretary Shailesh Nayak, MoES, and Mr Arvid Hallén, Director General of the Research Council of Norway

MoU between Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Director Prof Indranil Manna, IIT Kanpur, and Pro-rector Professor Johan Hustad, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

MoU between Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Thiruvananthapuram and SINTEF Materials and Chemistry

Director Prof V Ramakrishnan, IISER, and Prof Duncan Akporiaye, Vice President of Research, SINTEF

MoU between the University of Oslo and the University of Hyderabad

Vice Chancellor Dr R Ramaswami, University of Hyderabad, and Mr Ole Petter Ottersen, Rector of the University of Oslo and Head of the Board of the Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions

Statement of Intent (SoI) between Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), Ministry of Defence of India and the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI), Norwegian Ministry of Defence

Dr Sudershan Kumar, DRDO, and Mr John-Mikal Størdal, CEO of FFI

MoU between IISER Thiruvananthapuram and the Institute of Energy Technology

Director Prof V Ramakrishnan, IISER, and Research Director Dr Arve O Holt, IET

MoU between the University of Oslo and IIT Kanpur

Director Prof Indranil Manna, IIT Kanpur, and Mr Ole Petter Ottersen, Rector of the University of Oslo and Head of the Board of the Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions

MoU between the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research CSIR – SINTEF.

DG CSIR Dr P S Ahuja and Mr Ernst Kristiansen, Executive Vice President of SINTEF

MoU between the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) and the Research Council of Norway

Ambassador Browne and Mr Arvid Hallén, Director General of the Research Council of Norway

 

 

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