Young researchers and administrative officials (in charge of ICT) from government institutions in India visit Japan through the SAKURA Exchange Program in Science (SSP)

The SAKURA Science Plan (SSP)*, held by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), invites outstanding young people from countries around the world, with a focus on Asia, to visit Japan. Program participants experience the advanced scientific technology of Japan and interact with professionals in the same field, as well as with Japanese university and high school students.
*Website of SSP: https://ssp.jst.go.jp/EN/index.html

From 21 to 27 January 2018, SSP invited 33 young researchers and administrative officials involved in ICT at Indian government institutions, such as the Ministry of Human Resource Development and the Ministry of Science and Technology, to visit Japan for the first time (overview available here). This program was held in consideration of how ICT was defined as a key field for cooperation between Japan and India as part of the Japan-India Joint Statement (November 2016).
 
On 19 January, two days before the start of the program, an orientation meeting was held in the Embassy of Japan in India. Program participants paid a courtesy call on His Excellency Kenji Hiramatsu, Ambassador of Japan to India, and received warm messages of encouragement from the Ambassador.

While in Japan, the participants visited universities, research institutions, and corporations involved in advanced research for ICT. In addition to touring these facilities, the group also exchanged opinions with Japanese professionals in related fields. Furthermore, the group was welcomed warmly by Indian researchers working at facilities in Japan. The group also had the opportunity to participate in the "Workshop on Opportunities for Science & Technology Innovation Collaboration between India-Japan" (jointly held by JST and the Embassy of India in Japan) that was held by the Embassy of India in conjunction with the program. One of the groups of participants used this opportunity to meet with researchers and officials at institutions in Japan in order to discuss specific forms of future cooperation.

On 22 January, the group just happened to be in the Tokyo metropolitan area on the day of the first big snowstorm in four years. For many of the participants, it was the first time that they had even seen snow. The group also enjoyed strolling in the grounds of the Imperial Palace and experiencing Japanese culture at the Kabukiza Theatre.

The group returned safely to Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi on 27 January.
  
Orientation Meeting at the Embassy


Visit to the JST Tokyo Headquarters


Visit to the VLSI Design and Education Center