The Union Minister of State for Planning, Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Ashwani Kumar, met French Minister for Higher Education Mr. Laurent Wauquiez in Paris on 31 January, 2012. During the meeting, the Minister stressed on the need to build on the existing good bilateral cooperation in the area of Science and Technology (S&T).
Dr Ashwani Kumar stated that cooperation in new areas where France has expertise like geological mapping, water resource management, sub soil management, health, bio technology, nano material, Information Communication Technology, cloud computing and supercomputing can be explored. The Minister further underlined the need for commercializing technology and translating research into the well-being of the society. The Minister also extended an invitation to his counterpart for the launching of the 25th Anniversary celebrations of CEFIPRA.
The French Minister too expressed satisfaction at the level of S&T cooperation and conveyed that India was a key partner for France in university cooperation and also stressed on the need to develop cooperation in higher education and scientific research. This he suggested could be done by setting up working groups that could focus on these areas and prepare a roadmap.