The Ireland-India systematic science and technology cooperation discussions began in 2006 during the An Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) India visit. On 19th January, 2006, Irish Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment and Indian Minister for Science, Technology and Ocean Development signed an agreement on scientific and technological cooperation between the Ireland and India. Science Foundation of Ireland (SFI) and Indian National Science Academy (INSA) further signed agreement on scientific cooperation.
In pursuance of the agreement concluded on 19th January, 2006, further a programme for cooperation agreed and signed between Ireland and India for the period of 2009-2011 on 13th May, 2009. Agreement included following areas for cooperation:
1. Nano science and technology
2. Sustainable energy and energy-efficient technologies
3. Information and communication technologies
4. Medical and health sciences
5. Chemical, biochemical/pharmaceutical sciences
6. Food and agricultural sciences
8. Marine sciences
Over the years there is impressive development on it. On 18th December2009 Irish Embassy in India commissioned a study on S&T scoping between Ireland and India. On 24th September, 2010, researcher Dr Praveen Sharma submitted her report to the Irish Embassy at New Delhi.
The 1st Ireland-India Science & Technology Forum held in February 25, 2010 exerted S&T cooperation and addressed important issues. The office of the Science, Technology & Innovation, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Irish Embassy at New Delhi and Indian Embassy at Dublin played important roles. This provided a real opportunity to inform and engage decision makers and stakeholders of both governments. It is fair to characterised as “past, present and future” insightful presentations were made not only by the scientist/academics but also by policy makers.
The Forum’s major objective was to be useful to decision makers, scholars and the interested institution and people in both countries. It is important that these groups must know about the Forum, the information and knowledge it produced, and how this information can be accessed. Successful dissemination of the Forum results is as important as success of the Forum itself.
To identify and implement appropriate cross border programme and policies is more complicated than doing good scientific research and development. The cross border conditions are more complex and new, with national and geopolitical considerations that are different and hard to adopt. We sincerely hope the results of this Forum will contribute to at least some of the better understanding.