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    Four-year Indo-Canada S&T partnership programme

    Coimbatore, June 26 (PTI): As part of its aim to develop coordinated Canadian Science and Technology (S and T) policy positions on India, a new full time S and T counsellor position has been added to the Canadian High Commission in Delhi, a senior diplomat said yesterday

    A four-year International S and T Partnerships Programm (ISTPP) to the tune of $ 6.75 million, would be delivered by an arms length organization in Canada, one of the many facets to the S and T relationship with India, Claude Bibeau, First Secretary (Commercial), Canadian High Commission, New Delhi, said.

    ISTPP being 'seed money,' various other public and private sector participants were bringing significant resources to the bilateral relationship, including S and T expertise and funds, Clade said, while addressing a two-day 'University-Industry Meet on Food Processing and Post Harvest Technology," here.

    The Indian government has also offered to match any S and T funds from Canada under the Canada-India S & T agreement. Stating that provinces had expressed a desire to contribute funds under the S and T agreement for collaboration with India he said a mechanism for provincial funding and participation under the Agreement is being worked out in Canada.

    Canadian and Indian expert coordinators have been collaborating with respective research networks in both countries to identify mutual complementaries under five broad themes, Claude said.

    The five thematic areas are biotechnology/ Health Research medical devices, Sustainable Environmental technologies and alternate energy, Nanoscience/nanomedicine, Information and Communications technologies (wireless, rural connectivity, infotainment and Earch Science and Disaster management.

    Reviewing various projects, particularly consolidation of food security in South India, under Canada funding,Claude said all personnel from Indian institutions, who were trained in her country, had returned and re-integrated their institutions and were playing an active role in training local people. Over 20,000 people, men and women, have been identified to be potential beneficiaries from the many economic and social spinoffs of the projects, she said.

    The meet is being organised by Agricultural Engineering College and Research Institute, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), Canadia International Development Agency and McGill University, Canada.

    TNAU Vice-Chancellor, Dr C Ramasami, who presided, said that agriculture should be made more commercial to generate more income to the farmers, who were finding it difficult to find right market for their produce.

    Despite availability of a number of technologies two decades ago, the realisation was much lower among farmers, who needed knowledge in marketing, Ramasamy said.

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