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India and Canada Explore Collaborations in Cutting-Edge Technologies

New Delhi: A high-level Canadian delegation, led by Scott Moe, Premier of Saskatchewan province, engaged in talks with Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh, to discuss potential bilateral collaborations and joint ventures in cutting-edge fields such as Electric Vehicles, Cyber Physical System, Quantum Technologies, Future Manufacturing, Green Hydrogen Fuel, and Deep Ocean Mining.

Welcoming the Canadian delegation, Dr. Jitendra Singh highlighted the significant contribution of the 2.3 million-strong Indian Diaspora in Canada to the development of both nations. He emphasized the vital role the diaspora plays as a bridge between India and Canada, particularly in fostering relations and strengthening collaborations.

Dr. Jitendra Singh underscored the longstanding relationship between India and Canada, noting that the presence of Indian diaspora in Canadian Parliament and the cabinet reflects the depth of their connection. Canada, he mentioned, is a preferred destination for Indian students pursuing higher education.

The Minister briefed the delegation on India’s commitment to research and development, mentioning the establishment of the ‘Anusandhan’ National Research Foundation under Prime Minister Modi’s leadership. He expressed the government’s eagerness to collaborate with Canadian R&D institutions and industries in various sectors, including Sustainable Energy Technologies, Clean Technologies, Bioeconomy, Healthcare, Advanced Manufacturing, and AI integration.

Highlighting India’s initiatives, Dr. Jitendra Singh mentioned the ‘Global Biofuels Alliance’ (GBA) and the recently launched National Hydrogen Mission (NHM). He emphasized the NHM’s role in reducing carbon emissions and diversifying India’s energy sources.

Referring to the success of the VAIBHAV fellowship program and PM Modi’s call to the diaspora to contribute to India’s progress, Dr. Jitendra Singh expressed the government’s openness to welcoming non-governmental organizations to participate in technology development.

Mr. Scott Moe acknowledged the strides made in India-Canada relations and emphasized the multidimensional nature of the bilateral relationship. He identified science and technology cooperation as a strategic pillar, with academia, research institutions, and industries playing pivotal roles in fostering research and development partnerships.

Dr. Abhay Karandikar, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, and senior officers also attended the meeting, providing insights into India’s progress in emerging technology sectors. The discussions aimed to pave the way for fruitful collaborations and mutual growth between the two nations.

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