NEW DELHI: Canada has offered to collaborate with the government on its ambitious project to clean up the Ganga, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said today.
“The Ganga Action Plan is not a mere river project for us but also a matter of faith for millions of Indians and, therefore, it will be a valuable addition to the collaboration between India and Canada in the area of water for health.
“It is bound to further promote India-Canada partnership at different levels,” Singh said after a meeting with Canadian High Commissioner Stewart Beck, who had called on the minister.
Singh, the Union Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, said that a joint S&T committee would be formed by next year between the two countries with an aim to announce new programmes and awards.
“The action plan is to collaborate in the areas of Bio- technology, Health, Environment, Energy, Food Security, Nano- Technology Science, Communication and Industrial R&D,” Singh said.
He added that efforts will be made to expedite the ongoing projects between the two countries on ‘PET-MRI Automatic Tumour Detection and Recognition’, which will add another dimension to the non-invasive detection of tumour using PET and MRI.
The two countries have applied for joint international patents which have been filed under a project at the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Bio-technology, Delhi, to develop new potential anti-malarial drugs.
Singh added that there was a need to connect the best academic and R&D institutions in the two countries as that would be important for facilitating new knowledge creation through joint research and exchange of personnel.