Dr K VijayRaghwan, secretary, DBT (first from right) at the meeting in New Delhi which was chaired by Dr Harsh Vardhan who recently joined as the new S&T minister
In a meeting held between Dr Harsh Vardhan, minister for science and technology and the UK's minister for universities, science and cities the Rt Hon Greg Clark MP held here in New Delhi on November 12, 2014, it was decided that a new fund known as the Newton-Bhabha Fund will be taken to further relations.
This was the 4th UK-India Science and Innovation Council (SIC) meeting held at New Delhi, which was Co-Chaired by both the science ministers. They applauded the significant role that the UK-India research and innovation partnership has played in bringing together the best researchers in both countries. The countries are actively cooperating to address global challenges through the application of science and technology.
The two Ministers noted that the UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) has been successful in building new scientific partnerships through joint research projects and networking. It was agreed in principle to augment and continue UKIERI Phase III.
The Newton-Bhabha Fund (£50 million over 5 years from the UK and matched efforts from India) is an important program, with a strong interdisciplinary dimension that will further strategize the science, research and innovation cooperation between the UK and India.
A series of new Newton-Bhabha programs were welcomed, including :
1. British Council India and the Department of Science and Technology, India joint PhD student mobility program. This will sponsor UK and Indian PhD students to spend a period of their study (3 to 6 months) in premier Indian and UK higher education institutions starting from March 2015. The aim of the program is to pave the way for the next generation of researchers in the UK and India to interact with each other and build long-term R&D linkages and collaborations.