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Visit of Kapil Sibal to Israel
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H.E. Mr. Kapil Sibal, Minister of Communications, Information Technology and Human Resource Development, Government of India visited Israel at the invitation of Dr. Yuval Steinitz, Minister of Finance, Mr. Gideon Saar, Minister of Education and Mr. Moshe Kahlon, Minister of Communications.

The Minister called on H.E. President Peres on April 5 to review the India, Israel-bilateral relationship, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary.

On April 4th, Minister Sibal met the Minister of Communications, Mr. Moshe Kahlon and explored the potential for enhanced collaboration in information technology, wireless broadband, communications and other fields, given Israels expertise in these hi-tech areas. The Minister was accompanied in his discussions by a delegation of senior officials from the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.

On the same day, Minister Sibal held discussions with Dr. Yuval Steinitz, Minister of Finance and Mr. Gideon Saar, Minister of Education to explore possibilities of cooperation in research and development through the setting up of a Joint Research Fund, with contributions from both Governments. Both Governments have set up a Joint Working Group which met on April 2 to discuss modalities of implementation of the Joint Research Fund. The two sides considered ways of enhancing cooperation in higher education, including through linkages between institutions of higher learning of both sides. Click here for the Agreed outcomes of the meeting.

On April 5th, the Minister headed a Round Table discussion with Israeli companies specializing in the field of telecommunications and information technology. The Round Table discussions highlighted the opportunities for investment in the telecom sector including R&D, manufacture, telecom services and so on. Israeli companies made presentations at the Round Table, about their capabilities, expertise and areas of potential for collaboration with India. The Round Table was organized jointly by the Embassy of India in Israel and the Israel International Cooperation and Export Institute.

The Minister also laid a wreath at the Indian World War I cemetery in Talpiyot in Jerusalem to honour the memory of Indian soldiers who lost their lives in the region.

The Minister was accompanied by senior officials dealing with Higher Education, Chairman of University Grants Commission, Chairman of All India Council for Technical Education and Heads of premier higher education institutions in India including the Banaras Hindu University, Indian Institute of Management (Bangalore) and the Indian Institute of Technology (Hyderabad).

The higher education delegation met the Vice-President for External Relations in Bar Ilan University, President of Tel Aviv University, Vice-Rector of Hebrew University and the President of Weizmann Institute of Science. During these interactions, both sides discussed possibilities of collaboration in higher education, including through linkages between educational institutions on both sides. In this context, the Indian side welcomed the recent initiative of the Government of Israel which announced scholarships for students from India to pursue post-doctoral programs in universities and research institutions in Israel.

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