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India to launch AI initiative with Germany on healthcare, sustainability

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India and Germany plan to launch a joint “Artificial Intelligence” (‘AI’) initiative on healthcare and sustainability. Leaders of the two countries reached an agreement to explore opportunities for mutual cooperation in the form of financing research projects.

India and Germany are preparing to propose and launch a cooperative “Artificial Intelligence” (‘AI’) project on healthcare and sustainability through the Indo-German Science and Technology Centre (IGSTC). This was said by Dr Jitendra Singh, Union Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, during a luncheon meeting held by Prof. (Dr) Katja Becker, President of the German Research Foundation and an experienced medical practitioner and researcher.

Dr. Jitendra Singh expressed delight that India-Germany science and technology ties had advanced significantly in recent years, becoming truly multidimensional as a result of a considerable convergence of interests, mutual goodwill, and high-level interactions.

The German Research Foundation has played an essential role, and we respect our long-standing collaboration with it.

The Minister discussed the newly signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to assist the International Research Preparing Groups (IRTG) program in capacity building, with a focus on training Indian and German students for PhD programs. A request for ideas from Indian and German research groups has been issued. They both agreed that this arrangement is absolutely outstanding for accomplishing higher goals in projects and tackling broader difficulties.

Dr. Jitendra Singh stated that the Government of India has recently initiated several new mission mode programs such as Cyber Physical System, Quantum Technologies, Future Manufacturing, Green Hydrogen Fuel, Deep Ocean Mining, and so on, under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Government of India and the German Federal Government may consider collaborating to address such societal difficulties.

Both agreed to investigate potential for bilateral collaboration between India and the DFG in the form of research project financing, as well as to develop and strengthen long-term Indo-German cooperative links in research. They also decided to explore the possibility of establishing International Research Training Groups (IRTG) programs with other scientific departments. They were both overjoyed to learn that a combined request for ideas in toxicology will be held in September 2022.

According to Dr. Jitendra Singh, India has taken many initiatives to harness the power of quantum computing for social good. The Indian government has formed the National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (NM-ICPS) in order to position India as a leader in the Cyber-Physical System.

Both of them mentioned their respective governments’ new gender equality efforts and plans to overcome inequities. The leaders of both countries expressed confidence that a single method for harmonising data privacy legislation for scientific research financing amongst the nations may be devised.


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