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Delegation of Indian Scientists from DRDO, ISRO & Universities visit Canada Print E-mail
Written by Anand   
Wednesday, 19 October 2011
New Delhi: A delegation under the leadership of Dr. Vijay Kumar Saraswat, Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri, Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Director General DRDO visited Canada during Oct 10-15, 2011 to attend the Indo-Canadian Workshop on ‘Frontiers in Science and Engineering 2011’ at York University and also to visit and discuss with Canadian agencies and experts from Academia, S&T Organizations and Industries on technologies of common interest to both the countries.

The Workshop at York University was attended by delegates from India representing DRDO, ISRO and Universities in India as well as delegates from Universities, S&T Institutions, and Industries in Canada.

A strong research alignment and interests in the areas of Early Warning and Response Network, Advanced Materials, LIDAR and related instrumentation, Space Technologies and Bioinformatics has emerged. The delegation held discussions with other scientists/engineers and professors during the Workshop. It also met with the Defence Research & Development Centre authorities and the Asst Deputy Minister of Canada on Oct 14, 2011.

To proceed further the two sides have agreed to outline future course of action within a month and next Workshop will be held in India during 2012. It was told by Professor Kozinski, Dean Faculty of Science & Engineering, York University that funds are available from the Canadian Government. Matching funds can be sourced from DRDO and India.

Visits by the team members to S&T Organizations for exploring cooperative research include a) Institute for Materials Science, London for Laser processing of materials and surface engineering; b) Concordia University, Montreal for various facilities set up at the University for the e-WAR Project, the modeling and simulation capabilities for the CFD analysis of a mechanical air handling systems; c) Institute of Materials Science, Montreal NRDC facility included Nano-foundry for the fabrication of lab-on-chip cost-effective production; d) Aluminum foam technology by hot rolling; Coating technology based on slurry feeding and curing using a laser beam; e) Institute for microstructural Sciences and CDFC, Ottawa for the microstructural characterization and Nano-foundry. It was decided that discussions for setting up a similar facility at India to be taken up.

There was a broad understanding that the two countries are facing similar problems and have identical priorities. It was decided that the matter for collaboration will be taken up at the appropriate level. It is proposed to cover development of futuristic technologies for Defence and Internal Security to prepare both the countries for evolving futuristic threats. A joint mission for futuristic innovation between Canada and India can have a direct impact on the economy and society as a whole in both countries.

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