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India and UK to undertake Collaborative Scientific Research, Defence R&D Print E-mail
Written by Ganesh   
Monday, 19 September 2011
New Delhi: India and United Kingdom have entered into a letter of arrangement to pursue collaborative Defence R&D Cooperation with UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) and facilitate making best use of respective research and technology development capability through joint projects, collaborative research and industry and academia participation.

The signing of LOA marks an important milestone in the technical collaboration between the two countries and a number of projects are being planned to commence in coming months.

The LOA was signed in London by Dr VK Saraswat, Scientific Adviser to the Raksha Mantri, Secretary Defence R&D and Director General Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), India and Professor Sir Mark Welland, Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA), Ministry of Defence, United Kingdom. Dr VK Saraswat is currently on a visit to UK on the invitation of UK Ministry of Defence.

Sir Mark Welland thanked Dr Saraswat for his efforts towards strengthening the relationship with India.

"I have seen the exceptional dedication, expertise and skill in DRDO personnel and know that UK can look forward to a productive and valuable cooperation with our great allies in India for many years to come. India and UK have a strong history of mutual cooperation and have thriving science and engineering communities. India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and is a powerhouse of technology," Sir Mark Welland said.

"Indian and British Defence scientists will be working together on technologies to face their country’s Defence and Security challenges, thanks to the new agreement," he added.

Major Collaborative Projects in Scientific Research for Advanced Research between India and UK

Dr. Ashwani Kumar, Minister of State for Planning, Science & Technology and Earth Sciences and Mr. Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister of Britain today discussed perspectives of ways and means to further consolidate cooperation between UK and India through Science & Technology and Innovation space in the margins of the Summer Davos conference now underway in Dalian, China. Dr. Carey, the Chief Scientist (Foreign Commonwealth Office, UK) is visiting India and Dr. Kumar will discuss with him major collaborative projects in scientific research including futuristic and advanced research in nanotechnology, biotechnology, nuclear safety, material science, astrophysics and green technologies.

Mr. Brown offered assistance in marshaling the resources of international business and philanthropic community for facilitating the achievement of universal education targets set by India and the achievement of millennium development goals. While appreciating the huge efforts being made by India, in this area Mr. Brown offered to facilitate the availability of teachers and technology to realize this goal.

 
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