Cooperation between India and EU was initiated with the signature of the EU-India Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement on 23rd November 2001. This agreement was accomplished by the Directorate-General for Research of European Commission and by the Department of Science and Technology of Indian Government.
Science and Technology EU-India cooperation enhanced important research communities from both the private and public sectors between India and Europe. It provided a common platform for establishing contacts as well as a network between EU and Indian researchers, scientists and innovators. This network facilitated the creation of a similar area of interests and encouraged the advancement of cooperative projects.
EU-India Co-operation in Science and Technology (S&T) reached a major new milestone with the first ever India-EU Ministerial Conference on Science, in New Delhi on 7th and 8th February 2007.