Canada has been elected to be part of the governing body that sets priorities for the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women(UNCSW) and will serve as a member from 2017 to 2021. A seat on the Commission gives Canada a stronger voice in advancing the rights of women and girls around the world. Last month, Prime Ministeractively participated in the 60th session of the UNCSW, including being designated a ‘champion’ of UN Women’s #HeForShe campaign. The Canadian delegation to the sessionincluded four Cabinet ministers, as well as representatives of provincial and territorial governments and non-governmental organizations.
Rajat Jain, a student of Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University) won the Alberta business case competition on climate change, a segment of this year's Big Canada Challenge supported by the Alberta School of Business(at the University of Alberta) and Air Canada. Rajat had also previously received a Mitacs scholarship to undertake research at the University of Calgary and is currently pursuing an exchange program at York University.
Canada's post-secondary institutions are already at the forefront of excellence in science, research and innovation. A new fund of CAD $2-billion (approx. Rs. 10390 crores) aims to further improve research and innovation infrastructure at universities and colleges across the country. Announced by the Government of Canada in the 2016 Budget, the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund will enhance and modernize research facilities on Canadiancampuses and improve the environmental sustainability of these facilities
In March, the Consul General for Canada in Mumbai, Jordan Reeves, met with adolescent girls, their families and community health workers who had participated in a three-month Canada Fund for Local Initiatives supported project in Pathan-ni-chali, Ahmedabad. The project “Empowering young women and adolescent girls to address gender-based discrimination and violence” was a pilot undertaken by the Gujarat-based health cooperative Lok Swasthya Sewa Trust (LSST) in Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Surat and Tapi.
In March,Deputy High Commissioner for Canada to India, Jess Dutton, and Consul General for Canada in Chandigarh, Christopher Gibbins attended the culmination of a three-month long social awareness project by Punjab-based NGO Mehar Baba Charitable Trust (MBCT). Supported by the Government of Canada through theCanada Fund For Local Initiatives, MBCT's project “Jago” advocated for the equal treatment of girls and women in 25 villages in Punjab and raised awareness on various issues including preventing child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) and ending the cycle of violence against women.
Under a new agreement, Canada and India aim to foster and support collaborative industrial research and development projects with high potential for commercialization. Eligible Canadian and Indian participants can apply for grants for up to CAD $600,000 and Rs. 150 lakhs respectively. Therequest for proposals (RFP) is open to companies from Canada and India who wish to perform joint R&D leading to technology commercialization.Deadline to apply: August 31, 2016. This bilateral program is managed by Global Affairs Canada in partnership with the National Research Council(NRC) of Canada and India’s Global Innovation and Technology Alliance (GITA). The RFP follows aLetter of Intent signed last month by the NRC and the Government of India's Department of Science and Technology, under the new CanadianInternational Innovation Program.
The Global Pulse Confederation is celebrating the International Year of Pulses (2016) by showcasing 66 of the world’s greatest pulse recipes including from Canada and India. Check out this recipe for the Great Canadian Salad. What’s your favourite recipe using pulses?
International Development Research Centre (IDRC) announced a new initiative of $1.2 million to help rebuild communities in Nepal after last year’s earthquake. Together with local development partner, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), the initiative will restore housing, public buildings, and infrastructure, as well as promote better mitigation and management for future natural disasters. The initiative was announced during IDRC President Jean Lebel's visit to India in February, and contributes to wider Government ofCanada reconstruction efforts in Nepal.
As part of International Women’s Day activities in March,Canada reaffirmed its global support for rights and opportunities for girls and young women - a priority shared by India. Notably, Governor of Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh, Shri Kaptan Singh Solanki, joined Deputy High Commissioner for Canada to India, Jess Dutton, and Consul General for Canada in Chandigarh, Christopher Gibbins, to inaugurate the “Girls Voices: Speaking Out Against Child Marriage” photo exhibit showcased in Chandigarh. Presented by the Government ofCanada, in partnership with Girls Not Brides, the exhibit shares the untold stories of girls forced into or at risk of child marriage, and the leaders, families and community members advocating for change alongside them.
In March,Canada’s missions in India and the Quebec office celebrated Canada's Fracophone heritage and culture with various events across India including a selection of films from Quebec, a kathak dance recital by Indo-Canadian artist Anjali Patil, a workshop for French literature students, a reading of Quebecois playwright Michel Tremblay's "Les Belles soeurs" and a Canada booth at a La Francophonie mela. These events were part of celebrations of the International Day of La Francophonie and were hosted in respective cities by the Mumbai Press Club and Alliance Française chapters in Mumbai, New Delhi, Chandigarh, Bengaluru, Puducherry and Gurgaon.
Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in collaboration with Global Affairs Canada hosted a delegation of four Indian law enforcement officers on an “Executive Development on Joint Operations and Intelligence Sharing” study trip to Canada, from to 11. The Indian officers represented the Central Bureau of Investigation, the National Investigation Agencyand the Intelligence Bureau. The five day program included site visits and discussions with key RCMP representatives in Ottawa, Toronto and Victoria, and included the sharing of best practices and generic approaches to national security issues.
The Canada-India Centre at Carleton University and the High Commission of India in Ottawa will host aseminar commemorating the 125th birth anniversary of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, taking place at the university, from 9am to 4pm.