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Published on : Oct 16, 2014

In 2008, Canada and India adopted a bilateral science and technology collaboration agreement for Scientific and Technological Cooperation. 

The pet Clean Ganga project led by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has received a confident boost with an agreement earlier on Wednesday. The agreement is all about cleaning up the most heavily used river in the world between Canada and India. 

The three pillars of India-Canada Center for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability (IC-IMPACTS) movement: River Development, The Ministry of Water Resources, and Ganga Rejuvenation have inked a MoU for cleaning up the Ganga. 

This movement is in collaboration with Indian institutions, as well as various industry partners globally. 

An official statement from the Canadian High Commission said this partnership would encompass various Canadian technologies in water quality monitoring and management, waste-water treatment, waste-water reuse for different sectors such as the paper and pulp industry, and water reduction.   

Joint R amp; D projects placed under the Canada-India Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement was highlighted on Wednesday. The event was attended by Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, Canada and Jitendra Singh, Minister of Science and Technology, India.    

The DST (Department of Science and Technology), India would cooperate directly with the IC-IMPACTS. 

These new proposals for joint R amp; D projects will promote scientific collaboration between Canadian and Indian scientists. It will place them in secured and sustainable integrated water management infrastructure. 

According to the statement, these joint research projects are augmented to lead valuable solutions to various challenges faced by millions of people in Canadian and Indian communities.  

Canadian Minister Fast’s three-city, six-day trade mission throughout India is a combined teamwork with the high-level engagement with the country. Also, Christy Clark (Premier of the province of British Columbia), John Baird (Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs), and Kerry-Lynne Findlay (Minister of National Revenue) are visiting India in support of this movement. 

IC-IMPACTS movement is led by the universities such as, Toronto, Alberta, and British Columbia, and is also financially funded through the Government of Canada’s Networks of Centers of Excellence Program.