Thursday, 29 September 2011

India-UK science initiative to be launched

PUNE: The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC),United Kingdom (UK), with the National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune and Indian Institute for Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune will be launching a report on "Developing Talent in Chemical Sciences Initiative" at the NCL, Pune on Friday.

A panel discussion on strengthening industry-academia collaborations will also be held on the occasion. Robert Parker, Interim CEO, RSC, Sourav Pal, director, NCL, and K N Ganesh, director IISER will be present on the occasion.

The objective of this panel discussion is to strengthen industry-academia collaborations, create awareness and to find avenues for implementation of the UK-India developing report recommendations. It also aims at showcasing good industry-academia practices in the UK and India.

The initiative has been launched in the backdrop of the India-UK developing talent workshop held in Pune last September. Indian policy advisors, academic researchers and innovators, and students of the chemical sciences from both the UK and India, scientists from Indian industry as well as representatives of funding organisations came together at this workshop. The discussions highlighted a number of issues, structural, cultural and financial, which impact the role of the chemical sciences in education, research and industry, both in the UK and in India. Recommendations emerging from the workshop were subsequently collated in a report.
This high-level workshop mapped out the context and identified specific issues that can be addressed through new projects, intended to run over the next few years, in collaboration with many organisations from UK and India, including industry.

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