MoU between India and USA: The Union Cabinet chaired by Shri Narendra Modi, on 18th august 2021, approved a pact between India and the United States on cooperation in the field of geology.
The approval was given for the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Geological Survey of India (GSI), Ministry of Mines, the Government of the Republic of India, and the Florida International University (FIU) board of trustees on behalf of its Department of Earth and Environment, College of Arts, Sciences and Education, the United States of America on cooperation in the field of Geology.
- The identified area of cooperation between the two Participants will be as follows:
- Development of the geological knowledge, research regarding the geologic and tectonic environment of post collisions magmatism in India-Asia collisional margin, geologic history and tectonics of the Eastern Himalayan Syntaxis.
- Developing cooperative projects in the fields of regional geological, geochemical, petrological, and multi-isotopic studies related to the evolution of post-collisional magmatic belts (Ladakh Plutons).
- Exchange of information on technology and geoscientific data.
- The cooperation will also be for the exchange of information on technology and geoscientific data and other areas of mutual interest to be decided upon by the parties.
- The MoU will provide an institutional mechanism between GSI and the FIU on cooperation in the field of Geology.
- The Geological Survey of India (GSI) is a scientific agency of India.
- It was founded in 1851.
- It is a Government of India (GoI) Ministry of Mines organization.
- It is one of the oldest of such organizations in the world and the second oldest survey in India after Survey of India (founded in 1767), for conducting geological surveys and studies of India.
- It is also the prime provider of basic earth science information to government, industry, and the general public, as well as the official participant in steel, coal, metals, cement, power industries, and international geoscientific forums.