KBN ul. Wspólna 1/3
00-529 Warszawa 53


PROTOCOL OF THE FIFTH MEETING OF
THE INDO-POLISH JOINT COMMITTEE
ON THE SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL COOPERATION

EXECUTIVE PROGRAMME FOR THE YEARS 2004-2005


The fifth meeting of the Indo-Polish Joint Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation, established in pursuance of the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of the Republic of Poland on Cooperation in the field of Science and Technology, signed in New Delhi on 12th January 1993, was held in Warsaw on 18th and 19th June, 2004. The Indian and Polish Delegations were led by Professor VS Ramamurthy, Secretary, Department of Science & Technology (DST), and Dr. Jan K. Frąckowiak, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Scientific Research and Information Technology, respectively. The list of participants is placed at Annexure-I. The agenda adopted for the meeting by the Joint Committee is placed at Annexure-II.

1.    Opening session
The Head of the Polish Delegation, Dr J.K. Frąckowiak, welcomed the Indian Delegation and introduced the members of the Polish Delegation. Professor VS Ramamurthy thanked the Polish Side for the efforts made for the preparation of this meeting and introduced the members of the Indian Delegation.

2.    Exchange of information on Science & Technology policies
The Parties informed each other about the latest developments in the R&D sector in their respective countries. The experience stemming from bilateral and international cooperation (including participation in international R&D programmes) of the two countries was exchanged. Both Parties expressed their confidence that the implementation of the Executive Programme for the years 2004-2005 will contribute significantly to the development of beneficial links between S&T institutions, universities and scientists of both countries.

3.    Consideration of new joint activities
The new project proposals were pre-reviewed by both parties. On the basis of proposals’ scientific merits, and the national priorities of the two countries, the Joint Committee selected the projects listed in Annexure-III for implementation during the period 2004-2005. The Joint Committee noted also with satisfaction the completion of  previously accepted projects and decided to close the remaining ones.

The Joint Committee further decided that projects either duly submitted to both Sides yet not evaluated  before  the Joint Committee meeting,  or submitted unilaterally, listed in Annexure-IV, will be re-submitted or assessed and reconsidered. The final decision as for approval/disapproval of these projects will be taken as soon as possible following the evaluation and re-submission procedures. This will be done through the exchange of letters between the nodal agencies.
The Joint Committee was of the view that in order to boost bilateral cooperation, joint workshops be organized in identified areas. Efforts shall be made by both Sides to invite the participation of industry in these workshops. The Joint Committee observed that biotechnology and hydrogen fuel are potential areas of immediate bilateral cooperation. It was agreed to organize workshops on medical biotechnology (with special reference to newer vaccine and diagnostics) and hydrogen fuel in order to identify joint research projects for bilateral cooperation.  These  workshops could be synchronized with the commemoration of 50 years of diplomatic relations between India and Poland.
 The Joint Committee recommended exploratory visits as a possible tool for the development of joint research projects.

4.    Administrative and Financial Terms
The Joint Committee agreed that the administrative and financial terms would remain the same as in article 8 of the Programme of Cooperation, concluded in Warsaw on 28th January 2000.
The Joint Committee was informed by the Polish Side that according to the Polish Law (Decree of 30th November, 2001 on criteria and the manner of contribution and accounting of financial means in the state budget for scientific research), the financial support from the Polish partner institute, which is necessary for the execution of the project activities, as described in the Polish application form, will come from the fund covering the statutory activities of the Polish institutes, including international scientific and technological cooperation resulting from intergovernmental agreements and executive programmes.

5.    Any Other Item
It was agreed to hold the next meeting of the Joint Committee in India during the fourth quarter of 2005.

Done  at  Warsaw  on  19th June,  2004 in two originals in English language, both texts being the same.

FOR THE INDIAN SIDE
FOR THE POLISH SIDE
PROF. VS RAMAMURTHY
DR JAN K. FRĄCKOWIAK
SecretaryDepartment of Science & Technology
Ministry of Science & Technology
Government of India
Undersecretary of State
Ministry of Scientific Research and Information Technology




Ostatnia modyfikacja: 23 czerwca 2004 r.



BACK