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UK-India workshop on affordable assisted living technologies for elderly

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Readers of my previous blog might recall that I had mentioned about a follow-up activity that I was working on to bring together UK and Indian experts interested in assisted living technologies (ALTs) for the elderly. I’m pleased to say that we did run a successful event at IISc Bangalore on 19 November. This was a first of its kind workshop that we had ever put together; so it did leave behind … Read more »UK-India workshop on affordable assisted living technologies for elderly

Looking back at 2014

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With another very busy year drawing to a close, I’ve been reflecting on what we’ve achieved and what’s still to do. I can’t do full justice here to all that the team have delivered in the last 12 months but I wanted to share a few highlights with you. I’d also welcome your feedback on this blog as an insight to our work and the opportunities for partnerships between UK … Read more »Looking back at 2014

Giving wings to talent: Opportunities for doctoral students in the UK to visit India

Historically, India has always been a major exporter of international students, but these days the country is also becoming an attractive destination for overseas study. As one of the five swiftly developing BRICS countries (along with Brazil, Russia and China) India has begun to emerge as an advanced centre for modern commerce, research and innovation. This economic growth has helped drive an incredible expansion in Indian higher education during the … Read more »Giving wings to talent: Opportunities for doctoral students in the UK to visit India

New collaboration in affordable healthcare supported by SIN

We’re always delighted to hear when researchers we’ve worked with have been able to get a new collaboration going. Recently, researchers at the Indian Institute for Science and the University of Oxford inaugurated an exciting new project together on affordable prosthetics. This project was particularly close to our hearts as it had been initiated by Professor Sanjay Biswas, who is sorely missed by all involved. We asked Dr Mark Thompson to … Read more »New collaboration in affordable healthcare supported by SIN

UK India Science and Innovation Council 2014 delivered and Newton Bhabha Fund formally launched!

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The UK’s Minister for Universities, Science and Cities, Greg Clark was in Delhi earlier in November for two and a half days to take stock of UK India collaborations in all three areas in his portfolio – Education, Science and Cities! He landed in Delhi with a delegation of 30 distinguished dignitaries from the arena of education, science and innovation. These included FCO’s Chief Scientific Adviser, Prof Robin Grimes, Chief … Read more »UK India Science and Innovation Council 2014 delivered and Newton Bhabha Fund formally launched!

UK’s Chief Scientific Adviser Prof Robin Grimes visits India

Earlier this week, Prof. Robin Grimes, FCO’s Chief Scientific Adviser visited Mumbai. I accompanied him for meetings at the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB), and finally, Larsen & Toubro (L&T). This is what he thought… My first meeting was with Dr. R K Sinha, Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary, DAE. I was delighted that he said straight … Read more »UK’s Chief Scientific Adviser Prof Robin Grimes visits India

Exploring UK-India collaborations in wave and tidal energy

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In February this year, my colleague, Manjari, and I began deliberations to organise a 5-day UK-India programme on wave and tidal energy. Fast forward to 27-31 October 2014, those deliberations actually transpired! A delegation of six UK experts representing the member universities of the UK Centre for Marine Energy Research (UKCMER) as well as Scottish Association for Marine Science visited Ahmedabad, Chennai, and Kolkata to explore sustainable research partnerships with India in … Read more »Exploring UK-India collaborations in wave and tidal energy

Affordable Assisted Living Technologies for the Elderly

From experience I can say that it is relatively easy to put together a workshop or an event, but the real challenge actually lies in following up on doing what we said we’d do; capturing the essence of what comes out of the discussions and then maintaining the relationships with stakeholders and partners with whom we’ve worked with to put together the event. I’m delighted to say that through a … Read more »Affordable Assisted Living Technologies for the Elderly

UK-India deliberations on hybrid and electric vehicles

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Last week (October 13-14), the UK Science and Innovation team  partnered with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) team to organise a UK-India programme on hybrid and electric vehicles in Pune, Maharashtra. This workshop was part of a series of events graced by Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, who was visiting India to promote the UK’s continued engagement with industry and academia here. A 7-member delegation … Read more »UK-India deliberations on hybrid and electric vehicles

Visit to TIFR

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Last week I had a fantastic opportunity to visit one of India’s most renowned centres of excellence – Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) Mumbai , along with my colleagues Tom Wells and Vijay Iyer. The TIFR is funded by the Government of India’s Department of Atomic Energy. Its main campus is located in Mumbai and has additional campuses located in Pune, Bangalore and Hyderabad. The TIFR’s main focus areas … Read more »Visit to TIFR