There is a need to building and strengthening International networks in the areas of research to yield significant results. This would also address the future challenges in science and technology, said Vice President, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Prof Masayuki Inoue.
Speaking after inaugurating the two-day International conference on ‘Science and Technology: Future Challenges and Solutions’, organised by Indian JSPS Alumni Association (AJAA) in association with Department of Nanotechnology, Visveswaraya Technological University, Prof Masayuki called upon both Japanese and Indian research fraternity to involve in collaborative researches. “International issues,” he said, “could only be addressed if there is mutual understanding between the countries.”
Prof Masayuki also emphasised issued faced by humanity such as environmental, food and counter terrorism issues. “We should commit and strive to eradicate these issues to form a peaceful society,” he said, adding, “JSPS is striving to develop itself as a vibrant research-support organisation that advances research driven by the researchers’ own free ideas while fostering talented researchers of the next generation.”
Echoing similar sentiments, Chairman, Indian JSPS Alumni Association (AJAA), Prof D Shakti Kumar said that collaboration between India and Japan has increased increasing over the years. He said, “Japan Science and Technology has started its office in New Delhi to further boost ties between India and Japan. Both India and Japan can create wonders and deliver more solid and valuable things if the former’s human resource and latter’s technology go hand in hand in the field of research,” he said.
Commenting on the scope of Science and Technology, Prof Kumar said that it has always been a driving force in human race to find newer heights in all the fields including medical science, space, electronics, biotechnology and engineering.
Underlining the advancement and improvisation in educational field in Japan, First Secretary, Embassy of Japan, Kodama Daisuke called upon Indian students to pursue their researches in Japan. “Japan is keen on collaborative researches with international students,” he said.
“There is a wrong perception about Japan with regard to education among Indians. Of two lakh international students, less than 900 students pursue studies in Japan, while the number of students studying in the United States is more than 1.5 lakh. Education in Japan is very economical as against the US where a student has to pay Rs 20 lakh every year against Rs 3.15 lakh in Japan,” Daisuke pointed out.
Daisuke said that Japan has substantial job opportunities and has 91 percent acceptance rate for switching students to working visas. He further said that 41 Japanese universities were on top 800 universities in the world and Japan was the second country in 21st century with highest number of Nobel Prize winners.
Vice President, Hokkaido University, Japan, Prof Ichiro Uyeda and University of Mysore Vice Chancellor Prof K S Rangappa were present.