New Delhi: The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today gave its approval for the signing of MoU between India and Nepal for cooperation in the field of health research.
According to an official statement, “Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the Nepal Health Research Council (NHRC) on 17 November 2020 and 4 January 2021 respectively.”
Under the MoU, the main objectives are collaboration on joint research activities of mutual interest such as cross-border health issues, Ayurveda/traditional medicine and medicinal plants, climate change and health, non-communicable diseases.
The joint research will also focus on mental Health, Population based cancer registry, tropical diseases Influenza, Clinical Trial Registry, health research ethics, Capacity building through exchange of knowledge, skills tools and fellows and collaboration for adoption of tools, guidelines, protocols and best practices related to health research,” the statement said.
Each Party shall fund the components of the research approved under this MoU to be conducted in their country or may apply jointly for third party funding it said.
For the exchange of scientists under approved collaborative projects, the sending Party shall bear the cost of travel of visiting scientists whereas the receiving Party will provide the accommodation and living expenses of the scientist/researcher.
The commitment of funds for workshops/meetings and research projects may be decided from time to time as per the funds available at that time.
Arrangements to implement and execute all these activities shall be agreed to by the parties prior to commencement of the activity, the statement added.