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Indian Diaspora in Canada reinforcing bilateral relations

The Indian minister informed the Premier of Saskatchewan of the recently launched Vaibhav fellowship for the Indian diaspora

Premier Scott Moe (Left) with Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology Dr Jitendra Singh (Right). Image - Twitter/@ Dr Jitendra Singh 

Lauding the contributions of the 2.3 million diaspora in Canada, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology Dr Jitendra Singh, said they are instrumental in reinforcing Indo-Canadian relations and contribute to the development of both countries.

The remarks were made during a meeting with a high-level Canadian delegation, led by its Premier of Saskatchewan Scott Moe. The delegation discussed cooperation and joint ventures in multiple areas with the Minister.

“India has one of the largest Diaspora anywhere in the world at 2.3 million in Canada and they have achieved success in all walks of life. The Diaspora which contributes positively to both countries, would be a good bridge between the two nations, as Canada is one of the most favored destinations for Indian students for higher education,” Singh emphasized.

Singh informed the Canadian leader of India’s recently launched Vaibhav Fellowship for the diaspora researchers and scholars. He enumerated a number of areas where bilateral collaboration would be beneficial for noth countries.

Speaking of the National Hydrogen Mission (NHM), Singh said it as an area where India is keen to develop research collaborations with Canadian R&D institutions and technology collaboration with Canadian industries.

Moe stressed that cooperation in Science and Technology is one of the strategic pillars of the relationship between the two countries. "Academia, Research Institutions and Industries of both countries have strong bonding and are playing role of catalyst in our strategic research," he said.

"Canada and India relations have made great strides in recent years and have become truly multidimensional, spurred by a significant convergence of interests, mutual goodwill and exchanges," he added promoting Saskatchewan as an ideal partner for collaboration in food and energy sector.