Nay Pyi Taw (Myanmar), May 28: India and Myanmar on Monday reiterated their commitment to enhance cooperation in the field of science and technology.
Expressing satisfaction over the outcome of the first meeting of the India-Myanmar Joint Working Group on Science and Technology held on April 3, 2012, Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Myanmar President U Thein Sein said the Joint Working Group has identified some priority areas for future cooperation in the fields of agricultural biotechnology, post harvest technology, medical biotechnology, medical research and renewable energy.
The two leaders welcomed these decisions and agreed that Myanmar would prepare specific proposals on some of its priority projects so that they can be taken forward for implementation.
As per a joint statement, both leaders also decided to set up the Myanmar Institute of Information Technology with financial and technical assistance from India.
Dr. Singh announced continued technical and financial support for the India-Myanmar Centre for Enhancement of IT Skills in Yangon for a further five-year period when it will also undergo a technology upgrade.
The Indian Prime Minister announced a fellowship for Myanmar researchers to work in Indian universities and research institutions, under which 10 slots would be allocated every year.
Each fellowship would be for four to six months duration in the areas of atmospheric and earth sciences, chemical sciences, engineering sciences, life sciences, medical sciences, mathematical and computational sciences and physical sciences.
Dr. Singh also announced that in keeping with India’s commitment to developing human resource capacity in Myanmar, the existing number of training slots for Myanmar, including under the Indian Economic and Technical Cooperation (ITEC) Programme, would be doubled from the current 250 to 500. President Thein Sein welcomed this significant gesture.
The latter also thanked the Indian side for its offer to train Myanmar diplomats in conference management and for the assistance in setting up language laboratories and conference rooms in Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon and e-research centre in Nay Pyi Taw for the Ministry of Foreign affairs. (ANI)