June 4, 2010
A record of discussion has been signed between Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance (DEA), Government of India and Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IIT-H) on March 17, 2010 to undertake a project for "Information Network for Natural Disaster Mitigation and Recovery" (the Project).
The main objective of the Project is strengthening research collaboration between India and Japan in the field of natural disaster prevention and information communication technology and to advance scientific knowledge and technology for resolving global issues such as natural disasters.
To this effect, the Project is designed to establish infrastructure for continuous data collection on earthquake and weather with global information network by applying it to India and Japan as example cases and to develop technical bases for rescue and support for restoration and for disaster recovery support through dispatch of Japanese researcher, provision of machinery and equipments and exchange of Indian Personnel in Japan. The researchers are divided into 4 groups according to research subjects which are: i) Earthquake Disaster Risk Mitigation, ii) Weather Monitoring Platform, iii) Sustainable Communication Infrastructure and iv) ICT Platform and Resource Development for Emergency and Disaster Mitigation.
This interdisciplinary project will bring together researchers from various research institutes and universities in India and Japan, with IIT-H and Keio University as nodal institutes. Two premier institutes in Earth Science, namely, National Geophysical Research Institute of India and Earthquake Research Institute of the University of Tokyo will be essential parts of the project.
From another aspect, the Project is part of "early-harvest” among initial efforts between India and Japan for the establishment of IIT-H, which both Prime Ministers agreed to explore possible collaboration through various contributions from Japan.
This five-year joint research project under joint program titled Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS)*, will be officially launched soon (as early as July 2010).
*SATREPS is a joint program run by unique collaboration between JICA and Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).