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On a space journey in the UK – 1

Last month I travelled to the UK visiting several institutes and meeting stakeholders. I was keen to explore developments in space science and technology in the UK for possible collaborations with India and this brought me to the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Space (RAL Space) in Harwell. The RAL Space is co-located with the other large research facilities such as Diamond Light Synchrotron, ISIS and Central Laser Facility set-up by STFC.  … Read more »On a space journey in the UK – 1

UNBOX-ing ‘Future Cities’

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“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody” – Jane Jacobs The Science and Innovation Network in India have been associated with the Unbox festival since 2012. The festival returned this year with its trademark celebration of interdisciplinary thought and work through a series of seminars, performances, exhibitions and talks from February 24 to March 7 at National Institute of … Read more »UNBOX-ing ‘Future Cities’

UK-India research & innovation partnership set to grow

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Recently in Brazil, the UK Chancellor announced a new £375m fund, known as the Newton Fund, to promote economic development though science and innovation. This is intended improve the science and research capabilities of emerging powers and strengthen their ties with Britain. We asked Geeny George, Communications Manager for Research Councils UK (RCUK) India, to explain what this means for India and how it fits into our ongoing relationship. As … Read more »UK-India research & innovation partnership set to grow

Interview with Clive Hickman – Chief Executive, The Manufacturing Technology Centre

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On my recent visit to the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Coventry, I met with the Chief Executive, Dr. Clive Hickman, and asked him about his plans for engaging with India. Tell us about the recent award from the World Bank? The World Bank project is approximately $400m and will be used to upgrade the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) tool-rooms and reskill the workforce by training … Read more »Interview with Clive Hickman – Chief Executive, The Manufacturing Technology Centre

The Manufacturing Technology Centre

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Recently, I visited the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) spread across a 12,000 square metre facility in Ansty Park, Coventry. Established in 2010 to bridge the gap between academia and industry, and founded by the University of Birmingham, Loughborough University, University of Nottingham and TWI Ltd., the MTC is one of the seven centres, which make up the high value manufacturing catapult network in the UK. The MTC transforms new ideas … Read more »The Manufacturing Technology Centre

Reciprocal visit to the UK’s research centres in offshore wind energy

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As a follow up to our recent UK-India workshops on offshore wind energy, I led a 2-member Indian delegation to the UK on a 4-day visit, which included pit stops at the universities in Cranfield, Durham, and Strathclyde, as well as the National Renewable Energy Centre (NAREC). The delegation comprised Prof. V. Anantha Subramanian, Head of the Department of Ocean Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology  Madras and Mr. … Read more »Reciprocal visit to the UK’s research centres in offshore wind energy

A day at IIT Kanpur

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The EU road show which is an information campaign involving member states delivering information seminars across India is in full swing. As a speaker in this road show, I was fortunate to enjoy the magnificent campus and hospitality of one of India’s premium engineering institutes, the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK) which is one of the first five IITs established by the Government of India. The institute I remember … Read more »A day at IIT Kanpur

Interview with Dr. Philip Earis, the Royal Society of Chemistry

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Dr. Philip Earis has worked for the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Publishing since 2003. He is Executive Editor of the journals – Nanoscale, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, Green Chemistry, Catalysis Science & Technology, Faraday Discussions and Energy & Environmental Science. Prior to working for the RSC, he was at the University of Cambridge. Philip has been in India since July 2013 and is based in Mumbai. I met Philip over lunch and … Read more »Interview with Dr. Philip Earis, the Royal Society of Chemistry

Our cities, our future

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“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody,” wrote the American urban theorist Jane Jacobs in 1961, “only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” Cities over the world face complex and rapidly evolving challenges. Ranging from climate, to poverty, economic downturns and demographic shifts, cities now need to confront an unprecedented array of issues. Addressing them requires ingenuity and versatility, whether in policymaking, investment decisions or … Read more »Our cities, our future

Higher education on the move in Mysore

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Last month, I spent a couple of days visiting research institutes in Mysore. I visited two organisations undergoing a process of great change, which is perhaps indicative of some of the trends in Indian Higher Education today. Universities in India are becoming much more significant players in research – contributing 39% of research publications (up from 15% in 2006). The first place I visited was the JSS Sri Jayachamarajendra College … Read more »Higher education on the move in Mysore