UK's Chief Scientific Adviser visits India to discuss Science and Innovation Policy


Submitted by Subeditor on Thu, 2015-11-19 15:44 New Delhi, Nov.19 : The United Kingdom's Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Mark Walport, will be visiting India today and tomorrow to deepen collaboration around science and innovation - one of the central pillars of the UK-India Bilateral relationship. During his two-day visit to New Delhi, Sir Mark will focus on discussions around UK-India Science and Innovation policy, celebrate bilateral research investments crossing the $ 200 million barrier and deepen the science and innovation relationship between both our countries. Speaking ahead of his visit, Sir Mark Walport said “Our science and research collaborations are helping India's transformational agenda and to build our partnerships tackling global challenges such as Antimicrobial Resistance, Food Security, and much more. My visit underlines the strength of our research investments that are now hitting the $ 200 million mark and working towards world-class collaborations through the Newton-Bhabha fund.” During the visit, Sir Mark will meet the Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, Prof. Ashutosh Sharma. Together they will co-chair the UK - India Science and Innovation Policy Dialogue where senior officials from the Indian Government and UK science and innovation policy leads will participate. Sir Mark will also be the Guest of Honour at the Indian Government's Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and Research Councils UK reception showcasing the impact of the UK's partnership with India in science and innovation as well as marking DBT's 30th anniversary. He will also attend a UK-India smart cities roundtable on Friday 20 November. Developing smart cities is a key priority for India's transformational agenda and the UK is supporting three cities in India (Amaravati, Indore and Pune) develop their smart city plans. This roundtable will discuss the challenge areas like energy, mobility, and how UK-India Research and Innovation can deliver solutions. (ANI)