India and Japan have recently signed a MoU for expansion of an international laboratory in the area of biotechnology. The agreement aims to foster collaborative research between both the countries.
New Delhi/India — The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science & Technology has recently announced the expansion of its first joint international laboratory with the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science & Technology (AIST) Japan. Currently named as DBT-AIST International Laboratory for Advanced Biomedicine (Dailab) the new centre post expansion will be called Daicenter.
Daicenter expands the scope of the collaboration and will focus on research activities with several institutions in India and other Asian countries such as Sri-Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand. It will also provide a platform for translation of research leads emerging from bi-lateral co-operations in collaboration with the industry and will also prove to be an opportunity for training young scientists.
It will involve research, training and innovative networking programmes that were carried out under Dailab and its Six Sisters (Satellite International Institutes for Special Training Education and Research). Daicenter will focus on connecting the academia to the industry and also prove to be a networking ground for entrepreneurs in order to promote S&T relationships between the two countries.
Signing the contract to extend the collaborations, Prof. K. Vijay Raghavan, Secretary, DBT commented that India and Japan have lots to share in the field of science. He added that while Japan stands out with the expertise of its scientists in areas such as stem cell research, India can offer its young science brains that can be trained to use this expertise to bring about solutions for diseases.
The DBT-AIST collaboration which started in 2007 has seen a gradual strengthening of ties and has produced high quality research leads over the years.