Indian academics slam India-Israel research MoU

New Delhi: A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by University Grants Commission Chairman, Ved Prakash, and Chairman of the Israel Science Foundation Benjamin Geiger. The programme, which will run for five years and involves approximately 50 collaborations, will provide support upto $100,000 a research project for three years. The programme was initiated during HRD minister Kapil Sibal’s trip to Israel.

A group of Indian academicians, who are part of the International Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (INCACBI), has opposed the move citing Israel’s violation of the foundational principles of academic freedom and cultural contacts of the people of Palestine and its war crimes. According to the group, this partnership, together with many others, lends a stamp of approval to Israel’s policies of apartheid and colonialism. Aaliya Khan