N-deal will help India get dual-use technologies: Sibal

July 8th, 2008 - 1:14 am ICT by IANS  

Bangalore, July 7 (IANS) The nuclear deal with the US would enable India to get dual-use technologies and create collaborative opportunities in research missions, Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibal said here Monday. “The nuclear deal will be an enormous opportunity for India. It will open up floodgates for collaboration between universities, private enterprises and at the state level by lifting ban on dual-use technologies,” Sibal told IANS on the sidelines of a workshop on science, technology and innovation among India, China and the US.

As a spin-off from the nuke deal, Sibal hoped, the state-run institutions in high-end technologies would be taken off the Entity List of the US Department of Commerce.

The US had removed six Indian nuclear and space research facilities from its restricted Entity List in August 2005 after the landmark civilian nuclear energy deal announced in Washington July 18, 2005.

The removal helped to reduce the number of licence applications for exports to India and increase high-technology trade between the two countries.

“Lifting of curbs on import of high-end technologies by those institutions which are still in the Entity List is bound to happen. That is what our hope is. We will be able to convince them (the US) considering that we have been a responsible nation as far as nuclear technology is concerned,” Sibal pointed out.

Allaying fears of other nations on misuse of dual-use technologies by India, Sibal said exemption from the Entity List was something that would come later.

“At this point of time, we look at the enormous opportunities of collaboration in the areas of technology and transfer of technology. It is already happening. But the pace of it will quicken to our benefit. It will also lead to more investments. We will also be able to export our own reactors. We produce 200 MW reactors which nobody else produces in the world,” Sibal noted.

“If we don’t have this deal, we will not be able to export it. The deal will help us in trade and export earnings. We don’t have sufficient uranium. Our reactors are operating at about 50 percent capacity. It will help us in generating more electricity,” he added.

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