New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the signing of an agreement between India and Canada to foster cooperation among the research and academic institutions of the two countries, an official statement said.

The MOU approved in the Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will support the programme IC-IMPACTS (India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnership to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability), it said.

The programme has been planned to promote multidisciplinary research partnerships between the two nations.

The projects under it will be aimed at accelerating social transformation by providing solutions through application of science and technology, the statement said.

Its participants will include researchers from scientific organisations, academia and research laboratories from India and Canada.