Britain seeks Indian collaboration in S&T (2)

Britain seeks Indian collaboration in S&T (2)

India UK STNew Delhi (ISJ Exclusive) ? Britain is seeking Indian technology partnerships for collaborative discoveries and innovations. British Minister for Universities, Science and Cities Greg Clark said, his country ?very much wants to be the partner of choice of Indian research and innovation?.

?Science is global, it does not respect boundaries, the best science is done in collaboration between the best people,? said Clark in an exclusive interview to Indian Science Journal in New Delhi. Clark was New Delhi to attend the fourth session of India-UK Science and Innovation Council.

Clark said, Newton-Bhaha Foundation provides an increasing focus on the future collaboration in research. He said, the join research programme has gone from one million British pounds prior in 2008 to 150 million pounds. In a report prepared by Research Councils of UK (RCUK) way back in 2012 titled ?Our Frugal Future: lessons from India?s innovation system?, suggested, frugal innovation could be one overlooked strategic area for collaboration with India.

Clark said, deepening cooperation in healthcare, energy and agriculture are also focus areas of the Newton-Bhaba Foundation. He said, the Memorandum of Understanding signed between him and his Indian counterpart, Dr. Harsh Vardhan provides for 60 million pounds over a period of five years from UK and a matching contribution by India.

The MoU provides for a joint research student mobility programme, which would facilitate Indian and British research students to spend three to six months in premier institutions of higher education in both the countries.

?The purpose is to pave the way for the next generation of researchers in the UK and India to interact with each other and build long-term R&D linkages and collaborations,? said the visiting British Minister.

Besides exchange of research students, national medical councils of UK and India would undertake research projects in mental health and drug abuse, undertake joint research in women?s and children?s health and partnerships in cancer biology, translational regenerative medicines in neuroscience and antimicrobial resistance.

The British Minister, who is also holds higher education portfolio said, said 25,000 students would come to India to study science, technology and engineering in Indian universities.

-NB Nair

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