Cabinet apprised of science accord with Russia

New Delhi, Jan 27 (IANS) The union Cabinet on Wednesday was apprised of an agreement between India and Russia that provides for competitive research grants to researchers.

The agreement provides grants to researchers of both the nations for joint implementation of research projects in areas of basic and exploratory sciences.

The agreement, which was signed in May 2015, is valid for a period of six years and could be extended through mutual consent between Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Russian Science Federation (RSF), an official statement said.

“This competition would be conducted in the areas of Mathematics, Computer and System Science, Physics and Space Science, Chemistry and Material Science, Biology and Life Science, Basic research for Medicine, Agricultural Science, Earth Science and Engineering Science,” it said.

The cabinet meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Decision to identify research projects for funding would be taken jointly by the DST and RSF, it added.

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