India and Germany on Thursday signed six pacts to expand bilateral cooperation between the two countries during the visit of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to Germany for the 2nd India-Germany Intergovernmental Consultations.
The list of documents signed are as follows:
1. A Joint Declaration of Intent was signed between Ministry of Human Resource Development and the Federal Foreign Office of Germany regarding promotion of German as a foreign language in India. Union Human Resource and Development (HRD) Minister Dr. M. Mangapati Pallam Raju and Cornelia Pieper, Minister of State in the German Foreign Office, signed this joint declaration.
Under this pact, both countries will cooperate in introducing B.Ed programmes for German language. Also scholarships would be awarded for Masters degree programs and for short stays in Germany with the goal of improving mutual trust and intercultural relations.
2. An Intergovernmental MoU between India and Germany on cooperation in the field of higher education. Union Human Resource and Development (HRD) Minister Dr. M. Mangapati Pallam Raju and Johanna Wanka, Federal Minister of Education and Research, signed this.
It intends to facilitate people-to-people exchanges. This includes students, academics, and project collaborators.
3. A Joint Declaration of Intent on Indo-German cooperation in the area of Civil Security Research. Minister for Science and Technology Jaipal Reddy and Johanna Wanka, Federal Minister of Education and Research, signed this.
The Indo-German research cooperation in this new area intends to fund 5 pilot projects in 2013 with the identified priorities being natural disaster management, biological risk situations, urban security, protection and rescue of people and social aspects of civil security research.
4. A Joint Declaration between Department of Agriculture and Cooperation of India and the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, acting according to its mandate for the bilateral "Kooperations Program" of the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection and the National Seeds Association of India and the German Association of Plant Breeders.
Ambassador of India Sujata Singh and Dr. Gerd Muller, Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, signed this.
It aims at strengthening cooperation in plant variety protection, conservation of plant genetic resources and cooperation between Indian and German agricultural research institutions and seed companies.
5. A Joint Declaration of Intent by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution of India and Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology of the Federal Republic of Germany on the Establishment of an Indo-German Working Group on Quality Infrastructure for Cooperation in Standardisation, Conformity Assessment and Product Safety.
Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai , Ambassador Sujatha Singh and Anne Ruth Herkes, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, signed this.
It aims to strengthen bilateral cooperation in standardization, conformity assessment and product safety through advancing bilateral economic and technical cooperation, intensifying dialogue and promoting coordinated activities in international organizations. Also provides for establishing and Indo-German Working Group Quality Infrastructure.
6. A Joint Declaration of Intent between Germany and India on Indo-German Development Cooperation regarding the Establishment of Green Energy Corridors. Minister for New and Renewable Energy Dr. Farooq Abdullah and Gudrun Kopp, Parliamentary State Secretary, signed this.
It aims at fostering increased use of renewable energy in India through technical and fanatical cooperation by way of integrating additional renewable energy generation capacity with the national grid. The Technical cooperation would be implemented through the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and KfW intends to provide concessional loans of up to Euro one billion over the next six years. (ANI)