Germany, India to jointly develop new technology

29th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

29 October 2007, Berlin (dpa) - Germany and India plan to jointly develop new technologies as part of a "new era" in their science cooperation, Germany's minister of science, Annette Schavan, said Monday.

29 October 2007

Berlin (dpa) - Germany and India plan to jointly develop new technologies as part of a "new era" in their science cooperation, Germany's minister of science, Annette Schavan, said Monday.

She spoke just hours before Chancellor Angela Merkel was to land in India for a four-day visit.

Schavan is in the delegation. During the visit, an agreement is to
be signed to establish the German-Indian Science and Technology Centre, set to open next summer in Delhi.

The closer cooperation would bring a burst of energy, Schavan told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa in Berlin.

"India is highly attractive for the Germans," Schavan explained.

There was already a solid basis for science and technology cooperation, and both sides could learn from the other. Germany could learn much from India's purposefulness in building a knowledge-based society.

She said the battle against climate change created a major export opportunity for German business in India.

"Germany is the world leader in environmental technology exports," she said.

"We are a top components supplier, thanks to our developments in solarthermy (collecting the warmth of the sun) and photovoltaics (generating electricity from solar energy)."

There was also a big future in breeding new plant hybrids.

Schavan said she was confident India would commit itself within a UN framework to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and would not follow the example set by the United States.

"Anyone who thinks they can opt out is going to hit resentment in the international community," she said. A UN meeting is to be held in Bali, Indonesia in December on a treaty to replace the current Kyoto Protocol on climate change.

Schavan said the new centre in Delhi would have an applied focus, linking scientific and corporate laboratories in fields such as machinery construction, health care and renewable energy.

The two nations aim to step up their joint research on infectious diseases.

"We are creating a form of continuous cooperation. It could be exemplary," she said. "For emerging economies, everything turns on technological advances."

The German federal government is also to step up student exchanges with India. The federal agency that oversees placements, DAAD, will double its budget for exchanges with India from 2009 onwards.

"The more research cooperation we plan, the more important it is that we have a supply of scientists who have already got to know the other country," she explained.

DPA

Subject: German news

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