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India and UK strengthen tech links with WMG and CII tie-up Print E-mail
Written by Vijay   
Saturday, 21 June 2008
London: International research group WMG is to enhance its links with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in order to strengthen work on climate change, high-tech manufacturing and global healthcare.

CII has been working closely with WMG on capacity development of industry workforce especially the manufacturing sector.  Now this premier business association of the world's newest superpower is to join forces with WMG, one of the UK's most influential and forward-looking organisations in research.

This MoU would present an opportunity to extend the cooperation in technology transfer, technology commercialisation, industrial R&D, innovation  and technology management covering areas like automotive, healthcare and advanced manufacturing technologies.

These two powerhouses will explore possibilities for cooperation and collaboration in respect of research in the fields of:

    * Automotives
    * Experiential Engineering
    * Robotics
    * Healthcare
    * E-security
    * Sustainable materials
    * Hybrids
    * Digital Manufacturing
    * Rapid Manufacturing
    * Advanced Manufacturing Technologies
    * Advanced materials

Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya, founder and Director of WMG, said: "The governments of the UK and India recognise the importance of close collaboration of both countries in the field of science and technology.

"There is exciting potential for joint research in many fields between us and, in particular, between WMG, Indian private and public research institutions and universities and the Indian private sector.  WMG has already been working with very big industries such as Tata and TVS Motors."

Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General of the CII, said: "Indian industries now have a major focus on innovation in order to become path-breakers in their respective fields. There is also a growing need for IPR protection for Indian organisations.

"All economic powers need to respond to the pressing need for new technology to meet the challenges of climate change and environmental damage and India is no different. We also must contribute to the need for a massive improvement in global healthcare provision.

"This link with WMG will give the Indian economy unsurpassed access to new technology in these key areas."

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