Senior science policy officials from India and the United States have kicked off an effort to promote cooperation between the two countries. Yesterday, during President Clinton's visit to India, they inked an agreement to establish a joint science and technology forum. "We have neglected this relationship for more than 2 decades," Clinton said. "It is too important to ever fall into disrepair again."
The U.S. government has already committed $7.5 million for the forum, which will commission studies and promote research collaborations. A 14-member board will coordinate its activities and seek private and corporate funds. Says V. S. Ramamurthy, secretary to the Department of Science and Technology, who worked for 2 years to set up the forum: "A channel for communication has been opened."