Higher Education Minister Prof Nkandu Luo has called for partnership with India in human capital development, scientific research and exchange programmes.
Prof Luo said India has invested heavily in science and technology which Zambia can benchmark from.
She was speaking in New Delhi, India, when she conferred with the Indian Council of Medical Research Director General Balram Bhargava.
“Zambia is looking forward to signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with India because the Country has lost a lot of lives due to HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and cholera as well as non communicable diseases,” she said.
She explained that Zambia was willing to work with India in research activities to improve the quality of lives of the people.
“The other areas of collaboration to include student and staff exchange programmes, human capital development and activities around universal health coverage,” Prof. Luo said.
She had since urged the Indian top medical research and development institute to work with Zambia’s High Commissioner to India Judith Kapijimpanga in expeditiously working towards an MoU.
And Indian Council of Medical Research Director General Prof. Balram Bhargava said his organisation had clocked one hundred years of guiding the Governmentof India in policy direction through its 26 research institutes.
“My institution will move with speed to work with Zambia especially in HIV/AIDS and malaria research,” Prof. Bhargava said.
He said his institution had also done a lot of research in elephantisis.
Prof. Luo was in India to speak at an Educational Research and Development summit in Hyderabad.
This is contained in a statement made available by First Secretary Press and Tourism at the Zambian Mission in New Delhi, India, Bangwe Naviley.