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India- Norway Joint Working Group on S&T

 India- Norway Joint Working Group on S&T- Relevance for UPSC Exam

  • GS Paper 2: International Relation- Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.

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 India- Norway Joint Working Group on S&T in News

  • Recently, India-Norway Joint Working Group on S&T discussed the extension of S&T co-operation to new areas between the two countries.
  • Ms Anne Line Wold, Director General, Ministry of Education and research who headed the delegation from the Norway side underlined that India is among the 9 priority countries outside Europe in S&T co-operation for Norway.
    • He further emphasized on strengthening co-operation on priority areas like ocean, health, energy, climate and security.


 India- Norway Joint Working Group on S&T

  • About: The Indo-Norwegian S&T Cooperation was formalized through an Inter-governmental agreement signed in Tromso, Norway in 2006 and was activated through a Programme of Cooperation (POC) signed in Oslo in May 2009.
  • Functioning: A Joint Working Group constituted under the framework of Inter-Governmental agreement met for 6 times so far, alternately in India and Norway.
  • Participation: The representatives from the Scientific and Education Ministries as well as the Ministry of External Affairs of India and their counterparts from Norway participated in the India- Norway Joint Working Group on S&T.
  • Significance: India- Norway Joint Working Group on S&T meeting would expand to the areas of increasing relevance like green hydrogen, anti-microbial resistance, renewable energy and so on.


Key Outcome of India- Norway Joint Working Group on S&T

  • Expansion of S&T co-operation between the two countries to include areas like
    • Quantum science and technology,
    • Electric mobility,
    • Green hydrogen,
    • Ocean science,
    • Cyber-physical system,
    • Blue economy,
    • Information and communication technology
  • Strengthening existing areas of co-operation like-
    • Polar sciences,
    • Bio-economy,
    • Renewable energy,
    • Nano-science and technology and
    • Anti-microbial resistance
  • The meeting decided on furthering activities like-
    • Bilateral workshops,
    • Support for on-going joint research projects,
    • New joint R & D Project call with industry participation,
    • Human capacity development,
    • Focusing on areas which has more relevance or impact to society as well as industrial R & D programmes


 Importance of India- Norway Joint Working Group on S&T

The co-operation will help in-

  • Enhancing quality and relevance of R&D,
  • Technology translation,
  • Taking it to market,
  • Connecting industry, Startups, MSMEs to R&D Labs and academia,
  • Societal connect,
  • Science for people,
  • Diversity  and inclusion (Youth, Women, Rural, SC/ST),
  • Aligning S & T with national priorities, water, energy, environment, transport, health,  manufacturing, waste processing and so on.


About Nordic Countries

  • About: The Nordic Countries are a group of five countries in northern Europe. These five Nordic countries are Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Iceland.
  • Political System: Denmark, Sweden, and Norway are constitutional monarchies and parliamentary democracies. Finland and Iceland are democratic republics.
    • Iceland’s parliament, the Althing, is the oldest parliament in the world.
  • Population: Sweden is the largest and most populous of the Nordic countries. Iceland is the least populous. Denmark is the smallest.
  • Economic strength: Nordic countries collectively represent an economy of more than $1.6 trillion.
  • India-Nordic Countries Trade Balance: Total bilateral trade in goods and services between India and the Nordic countries is $13 billion.

2nd India-Nordic Summit

2nd India-Nordic Summit

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