India, Israel to launch research in cyber-security, energy

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    India, Israel to launch research in cyber-security, energy - The Economic Times

    India and Israel have agreed to launch a long-term joint programme worth USD 10 million annually to facilitate research and academic activities benefiting them in areas like renewable and sustainable energies, bio-medical sciences and cyber-security.

    The decision came after Minister of Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal met Israel's Minister of Finance Yuval Steinitz and others here.

    The two sides agreed in principle to establish a long-term programme that will bring together Indian and Israeli researchers to carry forward research in areas of mutual interests, the statement said.

    "Taking into account the strong desire of both countries to continue cultivating their long term economic, academic and technological ties, both governments have decided to substantially further enhance their academic cooperation by launching a joint programme that will facilitate mutually beneficial research and academic activities," it said.

    Israel's Minister of Education and Chairman of the Council for Higher Education Gideon Sa'ar and Israel's Chairman of the Planning and Budgeting Committee Manuel Trajtenberg were also present at the meeting as part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of full diplomatic relations.

    The total scope of the programme will reach USD Five Million from each side annually in steady state, over a three year period.

    The programme will be coordinated by the University Grants Commission (UGC) on the Indian side and the Israel Science Foundation (ISF) on the Israeli side.

    The particulars of the programme will be finalised in accordance with the decision taken by the joint working group on April 3, 2012 and subject to the required approvals in each country.

    The first call for proposals is expected to be published in December 2012.

    The joint working group has identified broad areas for cooperation, such as renewable and sustainable energies, bio-medical sciences, cyber-security, humanities and social sciences.
     
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    Indian Communications, Information Technology and Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal addresses hi-tech CEOs in Tel Aviv.

    Israeli companies that succeed in providing a solution for India open a gateway to the entire world, Indian Communications, Information Technology and Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal told hi-tech CEOs in Tel Aviv Thursday.

    “Every consumer in the world wants the highest quality product at the cheapest possible price,” Sibal said. He explained that nowhere was this principle more applicable than in India, where per capita income is still far lower than in the Western markets to which Israeli firms usually export their products.

    “In a sense, if you are able to provide a solution for India you are providing a global solution for your product,” he said. “A solution which suits [India’s] 1.2 billion people can access 6b. people around the world.”

    Several leading Israeli hi-tech companies in fields such as informational technology and telecommunications made presentations to the minister on Thursday.

    The companies included Gilat Satellite Networks, Tower Jazz, Verint Systems, Altal Security, Tower Vision, San Disk and Forescout.

    Sibal said the Indian government would give preferential treatment to foreign companies specializing in electronics manufacturing and security. He added that the state aims to “indigenize” its electronics sector to the extent that more than 60 percent of products will be locally manufactured by the year 2020.

    Western companies must change their mindset if they want to gain a foothold in the Indian market – beginning with the establishment of centers in India itself – the minister argued. Pointing out that the country was home to a middle class of 300 million people, he said: “If you want to solve the problem, you have to be where the problem is. You can’t solve it by looking at technology from 3,000km. away.”

    Sibal’s brief visit to Israel included meetings with President Shimon Peres and several government ministers. He, Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz and Education Minister Gideon Saar agreed in principle to launch a three-year, $30m. program to enhance academic cooperation, and facilitate mutually beneficial research.

    The program will be coordinated by the Israel Science Foundation and India’s University Grants Commission, and the first call for proposals is expected to be published in December.

    Areas for cooperation will include renewable and sustainable energies, biomedical sciences, cyber-security and social sciences.
     

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