Thursday, June 16, 2011

EU-India Joint ICT Research And Innovation Programmes

European Union (EU) and India have been engaged in many joint projects and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) related project is one of them. The project is named as Euro India Joint ICT Research and Innovation Programme. This Euro India ICT Cooperation is presently being implemented as the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) under which both EU and India are jointly working.

As the name suggests, it is a Research and Innovation Programme. The Programme must cover within its fold Research and Innovation in the fields like ICT Legal Frameworks, Cyber Security, Cyber Forensics, E-governance, E-Commerce, Online Dispute Resolution (ODR), E-courts, E-Infrastructure and many more Techno Legal aspects of ICT.

Further, Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) issues are also relevant for Euro India projects. IPRs issues pertaining to newly created IPRs, Technology Sharing and Transfer, Joint IPRs creations, etc also deserve to be clearly mentioned and regulated.

At the national level as well, the ICT Policy of India must be so formulated as to make the ICT Research and Innovation in India successful. Presently, there is no ICT Policy of India and we need a Techno Legal ICT Policy for India that can meet the requirements of contemporary times.

Even EU must look forward for a wide variety of Partners, Collaborations and Consortiums in this regard. The Euro India Joint ICT Research and Innovation Programmes must not be limiting in any manner and wide variety of Experts and Institutions must be taken within the fold of this Programme.

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