Japan Thursday announced a grant of $7 million for upgrading a medical college in Orissa.
"The grant assistance would enable the Sardar Vallavbhai Patel Postgraduate Institute of Paediatrics (in Cuttack) to improve its medical facilities and effectively contribute towards dispensation of healthcare to a wider population," said a statement from the Japanese embassy.
Notes concerning the project were signed and exchanged here Thursday by Japanese ambassador Yasukuni Enoki and Vivek Mehrotra, additional secretary in India's finance ministry.
The grant will help the institute - a pioneer centre in dispensing healthcare to undernourished children - to provide improved diagnostic and medical health services in Orissa and neighbouring states.
India is the largest recipient of Japanese Overseas Development Assistance. Japan's Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, during his visit to India three months ago, repeated that Tokyo would continue to support New Delhi's efforts at accelerated economic development, particularly in priority areas like infrastructure, including transportation and power, and environment.
Koizumi's visit cemented growing bilateral ties and initiated an "eight-fold initiative" of cooperation in key areas spanning security, economic engagement and science and technology.
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