The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was apprised of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and United Kingdom (UK) on Cooperation in Weather and Climate Sciences.
The MoU was signed on 28th January 2019, under which, an Implementation Agreement on Weather and climate science for service partnership will also be signed between India and the UK.
The proposal, which entails signing of an MoU with the Met Office, UK (UKMO) will benefit India, as it is an enabling mechanism to work on scientific challenges in the Indian context, namely Climate Science and Services, capacity building including exchange programmes, technology development, severe weather, air pollution studies, hydrometerology etc.
The MoU reinforces the spirit of equity and inclusiveness through sharing of best practice and lessons in areas of common interest in the two countries, and identifying opportunities for joint activities in weather and climate science across the region. It will also the best environment for research and innovation for delivery of high-end research for societal benefit.
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