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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

UK’s capabilities in additive manufacturing and 3D printing

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Last week (July 7-10), I led a 7-member Indian delegation of manufacturing experts from the academia and industry to the UK for meetings and site visits in Nottingham, London, and Coventry. I collaborated with my colleague, Leena Arora, to deliver this event, which was the third in the series of manufacturing-themed workshops that I’ll be leading on in 2014. Watch this space for updates on upcoming workshops! We participated in … Read more »UK’s capabilities in additive manufacturing and 3D printing

Medical research in Puducherry

Set on the outskirts of Puducherry, the former French colony which retains a significant Gallic flavour and hosts some seriously warm weather at this time of year, is the Jawaharal Nehru Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER). I visited the institute earlier in the month with my colleague, Vimal Subramanian, to understand what they do and explore potential for more collaboration between JIPMER and UK partners. Of course, … Read more »Medical research in Puducherry

Science is child’s play at IUCAA

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Recently, I visited the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) in Pune, with my colleague Vishakha Chandhere who is based in Pune. As a Bangalorean, I was struck by how similar Pune and Bangalore felt – both cantonment towns with a significant military presence, relatively cooler than their surrounds, lots of trees and a seemingly more laid back approach to life compared to the bustle of Mumbai or Delhi. … Read more »Science is child’s play at IUCAA

Prospects of UK-India collaborative partnerships in distributed manufacturing

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Last week (16-19 June), I led a 4-member delegation of Indian manufacturing experts from the IITs and IISc to the UK for a 4-day programme on manufacturing. The visit kicked off with a one-day UK-India workshop on distributed manufacturing in London, jointly organised by the Royal Academy of Engineering and Indian National Academy of Engineering. The engaging workshop, steered by experts and policy influencers from each country, witnessed active participation … Read more »Prospects of UK-India collaborative partnerships in distributed manufacturing

UK-India civil nuclear collaboration – phase III

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Last week, I spent two days (11-12 June) with nuclear scientists from the UK and India at Oxford. The meeting, facilitated by RCUK India and co-organised by the EPSRC and Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), was held to outline proposals for joint research projects under the Phase III programme of UK-India collaboration in civil nuclear research. A six-member Indian delegation representing the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and Indira Gandhi … Read more »UK-India civil nuclear collaboration – phase III

3D printing – the future of manufacturing?

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Additive Manufacturing (also known as direct-digital-manufacture, generative manufacture or 3D Printing) is one of the most exciting emergent technologies available to global industry today, allowing companies to manufacture ever more complex and optimized products and components at very low unit volumes. 3D Printing has taken the media by storm, causing a mixture of knowing nods, eye rolling, excitement and also opportunity for those that have been using the technology for … Read more »3D printing – the future of manufacturing?

Future of manufacturing in the UK: Highlights from Foresight report

Globalisation is here to stay and will continue to evolve with the changing dynamics of the world in which we live. The influence of globalisation on the manufacturing sector has been tremendous. It is crucial to understand these influencers at play to chart out a future path for sustainable manufacturing. Clearly, the government and industry will need to work in concert to make a meaningful contribution towards continually energising the … Read more »Future of manufacturing in the UK: Highlights from Foresight report

Geology, ecology and environment in Kachchh

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Kachchh – a tortoise-shaped land situated in the north of Gujarat is a paradise for geologists, environmentalists, and biodiversity enthusiasts! Last month, I visited two Kachchh based institutions located in Bhuj – KSKV Kachchh University and Gujarat Institute of Desert Ecology (GUIDE) – in the dry, blazing summer heat! I met with Dr. M. G. Thakkar, an enthusiastic geologist, in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at the university. … Read more »Geology, ecology and environment in Kachchh

Sugar technology research at Vasantdada Sugar Institute

I often remember those days when I accompanied my grandparents to our sugarcane farm and wondered how do these tall sticks of cane become those lovely sugar crystals? Who does this magic? Well, my questions were answered recently when I visited the Vasantdada Sugar Institute (VSI) in Pune. I met the Director General, Shivajirao C. Deshmukh, who  introduced his team of leading scientists from all sections of VSI. They gave … Read more »Sugar technology research at Vasantdada Sugar Institute