India and Japan signed MoU to launch Joint Research Initiatives

Sep 16, 2013 14:03 IST

The Union Ministry of Science and Technology, and RIKEN, Japan’s largest research organization have signed Ministry of Understanding (MOU) on 14 September 2013 for Launching joint Research programs in applied science.

The Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) were signed by Prof. NOYORI, President of RIKEN and Dr. T. Ramasami, Secretary, Department of Science& Technology (DST) and Dr. K. VijayRaghavan, Secretary, Department of Bio-Technology (DBT).

MoU Signed for Joint Research programs in the fields of

1.Biology, Life sciences and Material sciences.
2.Genome related research including systems Biology.
3.Computational science including development of bioinformatics tools, Detection tools for security and other areas of mutual interest.

The cooperation will facilitate exchange and foster collaborations between Japan and India, in the field of applied science. The RIKEN-DBT&DST Joint Research program will also focus on supporting the exchange of researchers, postdoctoral fellow and doctoral students besides doing joint research programs.


RIKEN is Japan's largest comprehensive research institution renowned for high-quality research in a diverse range of scientific disciplines. Founded in 1917 as a private research foundation in Tokyo, RIKEN has grown rapidly in size and scope, today encompassing a network of world-class research centers and institutes across Japan.

About the Department of Biotechnology (DBT)

Department of Biotechnology (DBT) is a part of the Union Ministry of Science and Technology of Government of India. DBT emphasizes in the fields of modern biology and biotechnology in India. The department has made significant achievements in the growth and application of biotechnology in the broad areas of agriculture, health care, animal sciences, environment, and industry

About the Department of Science and technology (DST)

Department of Science and Technology (DST) is a part of the Union Ministry of Science and Technology of Government of India. It was established in May 1971, with the objective of promoting new areas of science and technology. It will also act as nodal department for organizing , coordinating and promoting S&T activities in India.

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