Announcing the expansion on January 23, Deakin Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander and TERI Director-General Dr Rajendra K. Pachauri mentioned that the TERI-Deakin Nano Biotechnology Research Centre (TD-NBC) would be housed in a new state-of-the-art facility in Gual Pahari, Gurgaon near New Delhi. TERI would also have apresence in Australia at Deakin University's campus in Geelong, 85km from Melbourne.
Present at the event of anouncement were thew Australian High Commissioner to India, Mr Patrick Suckling, and Dr Thirumalachari Ramasami, Secretary Department of Science and Technology Government of India.
The memorandum of understanding to establish the TERI-Deakin Nano Biotechnology Centre, between the two institutes was announced in 2010.
Deakin's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jane den Hollander, said both announcements were symbolic of the strong and vibrant relationship between the two institutions and their two countries. "It is a tremendous privilege for me to be here in India to announce the next step in the wonderful partnership between Deakin University in Australia and TERI," Prof Hollander said.
" Two years ago, I had the honour of celebrating the inauguration of that centre and at that time I recall saying that the Centre was undertaking research into global issues such as food security for a growing population, sustainable agricultural practices and environmental sustainability.Today, the need for solutions to those problems is as pressing as ever and it is a great pleasure to announce measures that will take our partnership - and research - to a new level."