India & Australia: Promotes Scientific Research

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To promote research activities, India and Australia have decided to contribute major funds. The initiative will support 13 new collaborative projects and seven joint workshops through the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund. It is expected that top scientists in both the nations will jointly work in the fields of environment science, materials science, stem cells and vaccines.

As per, Australian High Commissioner Peter Varghese, this programme brings together leading scientists in both countries for truly world-class research. This is Australia’s largest science fund with any country and one of India’s largest sources of support for international science. From a total Australian commitment to the fund of Australian $64 million (Rs.366 crore), the Australian government has committed $4.37 million (Rs.23 crore) to these new projects and workshops. The Indian government will fund the Indian teams’ participation.

The Indian Institutes which will participate in this huge invested initiative include Banaras Hindu University, the National Chemical Laboratories, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mumbai, IIT Roorkee, Immunology Laboratory Institute of Microbial Technology at Chandigarh, and the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. On the other hand, the partner institutions in Australia include the University of New South Wales, Melbourne University, Southern Cross University, and Australian National University, Queensland University of Technology, CSIRO and Deakin University.

The research that is to be supported includes development of new batteries for electric vehicles, developing an approach for recycling hazardous e-waste to reduce harmful emissions, and developing a process to manage waste water discharged from ethanol distilleries among other.