Collaborative Research: India Ties with Six Countries

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Collaborations among researchers can take in many forms. In a sense, there is a continuum ranging from the classic partnership between two faculty members at academic institutions, to situations such as the use by one researcher of another’s resources such as a piece of equipment, a biological strain, or a database.

The Ministry of Science and Technology has signed pacts with six countries, including America and Australia, for collaborative research in the field of science and technology with a joint investment of $ 180 million over the next five years. It represents a figure of 83 agreements on research collaborations with various countries.

According to the sources, US and Australia have jointly invested USD 125 million to carry out research work with India. Under the agreement, Indian institutes would play major role and researchers would get an opportunity to work with their counterparts in foreign institutes.

As per T Ramasami, Secretary of Department of Science and Technology said, the ministry has committed $ 180 million on a five-year budget with six countries. Scientists from France and India would work together in Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. An institution on Mathematics has been set up in Pune. Mathematicians from both France and India meet and carry out joint research with an investment of Rs 2 crores, he added.