India and Finland have agreed to deepen mutual cooperation between the two countries in areas such as Digital Partnership in Future ICT, Future Mobile Technologies and Digital Education. The two countries also emphasised on having institutionalised joint working groups on areas of mutual interest. This was reiterated during a meeting between visiting Finland Minister of Education and Culture, Petri Honkonen and Union Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Jitendra Singh to seek enhanced bilateral cooperation between the two countries in the field of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI).
According to Dr Jitendra Singh, India is keen to develop research collaborations with Finnish R&D institutions and technology collaboration with Finnish Industry, focusing on the application of Quantum Computing in areas such as Sustainable Energy Technologies (generation, conversion, storage and conservation),Environment and Clean Technologies, Bio-based Economy, Bio Banks and Bio based materials for different applications of water and Marine Technologies, Food & Agri Technologies, Affordable Healthcare (including Pharmaceuticals and Biomedical Instrumentation) and Technologies for Advanced Manufacturing Integration of AI and Machine Learning in all domains.
Further, Finland is keen to cooperate with India in 5G, Environment and Clean Technologies, Bio-based Economy, BioBanks and Affordable Healthcare.