Minister for Science and Technology and Ocean Development Kapil Sibal
announced that scientists from institutions in India and Britain will
collaborate in several high-end research projects under a new multi-million
program. The British Government will donate up to GBP 8 million and India will
make a matching grant to this program. Sibal along with Britain's Science
Minister Lord Sainsbury and the UK’s Chief Scientific Adviser David King Indo-U.K.
Science and Technology Innovation Council had been set up to boost cooperation.
Sibal said that a six member panel—3 scientists from India and 3 from the UK,
will create a roadmap for collaboration and are expected to have details by
October when Prime Minister (PM) Manmohan Singh will visit London. The three
Indian scientists nominated for the positions are PM Scientific Advisory
Council Chairman Prof. C.N.R Rao, Director-General of the Council for
Scientific and Industrial Research R.A. Mashelkar, and Department of Science
and Technology Secretary T. Ramasami. Britain is yet to nominate individuals to
Sibal revealed that next-generation communications technology, biotechnology,
and nano technology will be the main areas targeted for research under this
program. In addition, there will also be bilateral initiatives in the fields of
new energy, weather systems and climate change.
Some of the leading institutions likely to be involved in the research are
Oxford University, Cambridge University, Imperial College at London, Indian
Institute of Technology at Kanpur, and the Indian Institute of Science at