India and Japan have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the advancement of academic research in the field of earth sciences for the benefit of the peace and human welfare.
The union cabinet on Tuesday approved the MoU signed between Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) and the ministry of earth sciences, Government of India.
The collaboration with JAMSTEC will not only enhance capability in the field of atmospheric and climate research, ocean technology observation and hazard mitigation but also provide much needed exposure and hands-on experience to Indian scientists, an official release stated.
The cooperation between parties and under the MoU will be pursued primarily through joint survey, cruise and research and development activities, exchange of scientific visits, joint scientific seminars, workshops and meetings or exchange of information and data.
Earlier, the ministry of earth sciences and the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology had signed a letter of intent (LOI) in 2014 to encourage collaboration in the areas of mutual interest.
A joint statement was signed by the Prime Ministers of India and Japan during the annual summit meeting held in New Delhi during 11-13 December 2015.