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1 Jun 2015

Belarus, India to develop joint program on remote sensing of the Earth

MINSK, 1 June (BelTA) - Belarus and India intend to develop a joint program in the field of remote sensing of the Earth, BelTA learned from the press service of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (NASB).

"The National Academy of Sciences of Belarus is actively developing cooperation with partners from the Republic of India. Negotiations are underway with the Ministry of Science and Technology of India on the mechanism of initiating joint programs in the field of remote sensing of the Earth,” the NASB explained.

The press service reported that in 2015, the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus are Indian partners are carrying out projects in the field of new materials and laser technologies to the tune of $510,000. Last year the partners implemented projects in new materials and agriculture totaling $290,000. Two contracts in these areas are expected to be signed soon.

"This year the Powder Metallurgy Institute of the State Scientific and Production Association of Powder Metallurgy and the DMRL Laboratory (based in Hyderabad) signed the contract “Making foamed metal from nickel superalloy and titanium alloy, the organization of a trial manufacturing site at DMRL.” Moreover, the Stepanov Institute of Physics is implementing a joint project funded by the Belarusian National Foundation for Fundamental Research. The project is called "Laser synthesis of composite nanostructure for targeted use in sensor elements,” the NASB informed.

There are now two framework agreements on cooperation in science and technology between Belarus and India: the agreement on scientific cooperation with the Department of Biotechnology of the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Government of India (DBT) (2000) and the agreement of scientific cooperation with the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) (2003). In addition, there is the intergovernmental Belarusian-Indian commission on cooperation in the field of science and technology on the basis of the agreement on cooperation in science and technology between the governments of the two countries, whose main objective is to coordinate the Belarusian-Indian scientific and technical cooperation in priority areas.

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