The Indian state of Karnataka and Israel signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for cooperation in industrial and technological research and development.
It is the first-ever tie-up with an Indian state and Israel. The agreement envisages Israel benefiting from Karnataka's human resources and the latter from Israeli innovations.
Karnataka is a state in South West India. The capital and largest city is Bangalore. The state covers an area of 191,976 square kilometers (74,122 sq mi), or 5.83 per cent of the total geographical area of India. It is the eighth largest Indian state by area. With 61,130,704 inhabitants at the 2011 census, Karnataka is the ninth largest state by population.
The agreement was announced at a workshop - Karnataka-Israel R&D Co-operation Program - which was jointly organized by the department of science and technology, Government of Karnataka and MATIMOP (Israeli Industry Centre for R&D).
signed in March, the agreement will facilitate financial support worth millions of US dollars for cooperative research and development projects in the coming years.