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Central Manufacturing Technology Institute, Bengaluru

Last month, I visited the sprawling and leafy campus of the Central Manufacturing Technology Institute (CMTI), located on Tumkur road in Bengaluru, along with my colleague, Venkatesh (UKTI). The CMTI was established in 1965 with support from the then Czechoslovakian government. The institute falls under the ambit of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, and is currently headed by P V Shashi Kumar. The institute develops and advances manufacturing technologies … Read more »Central Manufacturing Technology Institute, Bengaluru

EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Additive Manufacturing

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During my 4-day visit to the UK in July this year, I had the opportunity to get a tour of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Additive Manufacturing at the University of Nottingham. Inaugurated in March 2013, the centre carries out both – fundamental and translational research in additive manufacturing. In March this year, the centre launched the Centre for Doctoral Training in Additive Manufacturing. The research projects carried … Read more »EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Additive Manufacturing

UK-India-Brazil-Africa discuss green chemistry for biofuels in Durban

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It was the culmination of a 6-month long joint endeavour between the UK Science & Innovation network (S&IN) and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) – a 2-day UK-India-Brazil-Africa programme on ‘green chemistry for sustainable production of biofuels’ held subsequent to the 5th IUPAC international conference on green chemistry, in Durban, South Africa. I partnered with my S&IN counterpart, Fikiswa Majola, based out of the British Consulate General, Cape Town … Read more »UK-India-Brazil-Africa discuss green chemistry for biofuels in Durban

Deputy Prime Minister announces new UK-India partnerships to tackle some of the world’s biggest problems

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During a trade mission to India this week, the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, announced a series of new partnerships between British and Indian scientists which will look to tackle some of the biggest issues facing the two countries. From vital health research to predicting the weather, the new partnerships will cement the position of both countries in the vanguard of scientific research. You can see more photos from the … Read more »Deputy Prime Minister announces new UK-India partnerships to tackle some of the world’s biggest problems

2nd UK-India Task Force on Science & Innovation

A couple of weeks back I was lucky enough to be in London to enjoy some glorious English summer weather and, more importantly, participate in the second UK-India Science & Innovation Task Force meeting. Professor T K Chandrashekar, Secretary of India’s Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), led a high level Indian delegation to London for three days of talks with their UK counterparts. The Task Force built on the earlier … Read more »2nd UK-India Task Force on Science & Innovation

Workshop on Advanced Manufacturing in Bengaluru

As a follow up to the UK-India manufacturing round table held in New Delhi in April this year, I’m collaborating with my UKTI colleague, Venkatesh, to organise a one-day UK-India workshop on advanced manufacturing in Bengaluru on September 12, 2014. If you’re interested in finding about the outcomes of the round table meeting, you might want to read the recently published report. In a recent interview, the Indian Minister of … Read more »Workshop on Advanced Manufacturing in Bengaluru

‘IISc is very keen on expanding its network’

This month, Professor Balaram stepped down as Director of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) after nearly a decade at the helm. He was also recently in the UK to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of York, recognising his enormous contributions to science. I caught up with him, just prior to his departure for the UK, to get his take on the Institute, his tenure and the state … Read more »‘IISc is very keen on expanding its network’

The uninvited bacteria!

In 1928 the world celebrated the invention of penicillin by the British scientist Alexander Fleming and rightly so, as it brought about a revolution in the field of medicine and enabled treating life-threatening diseases like pneumococcal pneumonia, meningitis, etc. Unfortunately today, with growing strains of bacteria that have developed resistance to antibiotics, the world once again stands on a battle-field to counter-attack the enemy – the uninvited bacteria! Earlier this … Read more »The uninvited bacteria!

Anti-microbial resistance research at JNCASR

Anti-microbial resistance (AMR) is a huge concern globally and the day when common ailments and minor injuries can kill someone is not far away. The recent WHO report (AMR Global Report on Surveillance) also provides data on the very high rates of resistance in common bacteria such as E.coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureus. These bacteria are known to cause common health-care associated and community-acquired infections. You may read more … Read more »Anti-microbial resistance research at JNCASR

India Budget – new plans in R&D infrastructure and a lot more

The recently announced federal budget by the newly elected Government of India has unveiled a slew of initiatives to boost growth of India’s scientific capabilities. The focus is particularly on improvement of agricultural productivity, biotech clusters, capacity creation in health and education, clean energy initiatives and development of water resources and river conservation. Most of these plans are well aligned with the current thinking on UK-India strategic research partnership which … Read more »India Budget – new plans in R&D infrastructure and a lot more