MoU signed between Japanese National Research Institute and Guru Nanak Dev University for international academic and research cooperation
Amritsar, 22 March- An important Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote international academic research cooperation in the field of science and biotechnology was linked between Japan and India here today at the Department of Biotechnology of the Guru Nanak Dev University with the participation of a distinguished gathering of academics from Japan and India.
Prof Jaspal Singh Sandhu, Vice Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University and Dr. Katsunori Matsuoka, Director General, Department of Life Science and Biotechnology, Japan were the main signatories to the instrument. Addressing the forum, Dr. Katsunori Matsuoka, Vice President and Director General Sciences and Biotechnology, AIST, Japan welcomed the bilateral collaboration and said that it is timely and highly valued at AIST as one of its global activities. This MoU was signed in the presence of Prof. Kamaljit Singh, Dean, Academic Affairs, Registrar, Prof. Karanjeet Singh Kahlon and other officials of the University.
Dr. Sunil Kaul, Coordinator of DAILAB@AIST urged the young students to interact with DAILAB teams and make best of the training opportunities.
The inauguration of DAILAB was followed by an “International Meet on Frontiers in Life Science”, where faculty, distinguished scientists from various parts of Japan and India delivered lectures to the faculty, research scholars and students of the University. A number of Students, Research Scholars and Faculty members participated in the event.
Earlier, Dr. Pratap K. Pati, Head, Department of Biotechnology of the University and Coordinator of the event welcomed the delegation and other guests. He stated that the MoU was signed between the Guru Nanak Dev University and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan, acting through its Biomedical Research Institute (BMRI), Japan. The two institutions collaborating in biomedical research for last several years have tied a formal bond to upgrade their activities to train next generation.
Prof. Sandhu also honored members of Japanees delegation on behalf of the University. National anthem of both the nations were also recited on this occasion. Prof. Kamaljit Singh presented vote of thanks.
AIST is one of the largest public research organizations in Japan engaged in cutting-edge R & D bridging research achievements and industries and linking them to commercialization. In October 2013, AIST had entered into an agreement with the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) Government of India to establish a joint research laboratory named “DBT-AIST International Laboratory for Advanced Biomedicine (DAILAB) at the Biomedical Research Institute at AIST, Tsukuba. Japan.
DAILAB is the first of its kind and offers a variety of research and technology opportunities to Indian scholars in a highly competent and world class environment. DAILAB had earlier established six SISTER (Satellite Institutes for Special Training in Education and Research) labs including one in Sri Lanka. The signing of MoU in GNDU and establishment of the seventh SISTER is aimed at further expansion of network of DAILAB in India and promote bilateral cooperation between Japan and India in the areas of life sciences and biomedicine.