Together for Impact: UK Research and Innovation launched in India
The formal launch of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) in India has been marked with a series of events highlighting the long-standing and successful history of collaboration between the two nations.
The Together for Impact event in New Delhi celebrated the partnership and impact from a decade of India-UK research and innovation collaboration, and was attended by over 250 senior government officials, academics, policy makers, and businesses from both nations.
In the ten years since the establishment of the dedicated Research Councils UK India office, more than £300 million (₹2,800 crore) has been co-invested in India-UK collaborative projects covering the full spectrum of research and innovation - from arts to astronomy. The UK has risen from fourth to second place among India’s international research collaborators.
UKRI Chief Executive, Professor Sir Mark Walport, said: “The biggest challenges of our time, from climate change and energy provision to food security and eradicating poverty, are international and require an international effort to resolve. We continue to build on a strong history of research collaboration between the UK and India, one that harnesses the excellence of both nations to drive global progress. Partnerships such as this are key to the delivery of UKRI’s ambitious mission to push the frontiers of human knowledge and understanding, and to deliver economic, social and cultural benefit.”
Professor K. VijayRaghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India said ‘I am delighted to see the impact delivered by the India-UK joint research and innovation projects over the last ten years, and how expertise between our academic and business communities are addressing shared challenges that do not recognise national boundaries. I wish the India-UKRI relationship great successes.’
Celebrating the launch of UKRI in India, and its partnership with India, the inaugural panel discussion featured Dr Arun Srivastava, Secretary and Head Institutional Collaborations, Department of Atomic Energy; Professor Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology; Professor Arvind Jamkhedkar, Chairman, Indian Council of Historical Research; Professor Balram Bhargava, Secretary, Indian Council of Medical Research; Dr M Rajeevan, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences; Dr Renu Swarup, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, and Professor Virendra Malhotra, Member Secretary, Indian Council of Social Science Research
Sir Dominic Asquith, British High Commissioner to India attended the event, where UKRI was represented by Professor Melanie Welham, Executive Chair of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC); Professor Mark Thomson, Executive Chair of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC); and UKRI Board member Fiona Driscoll.
Senior panels facilitated by Subhra Priyadarshini, the Editor of Nature India, discussed the benefits of working together, the ways to maximise impact and the future opportunities and challenges for both sides as responsible global leaders to push the frontiers of human understanding and to use new knowledge to address societal challenges locally and globally,
Sir Dominic hosted an evening reception, welcoming the creation of UKRI, its presence in India, and enabling the best minds to collaborate as a joint “force for good” in the world.
Daniel Shah, Director UK Research and Innovation India, said ‘As both India and the UK seek to thrive in a global knowledge economy, we know that our futures will be shaped by how we create new knowledge - and how we use this for global good, to ensure that no one is left behind. We cannot succeed in this mission alone - we are part of a worldwide research and innovation community and must learn from each other to keep progressing. The UK-India relationship is a fantastic example of the benefits such collaboration can bring.
The success of India-UK research and innovation collaboration to date was celebrated with the release of an animation film showcasing new solutions, partnerships and products being developed by joint research teams that help address development challenges.
The partnership is an example of UKRI’s vision that international collaboration is key to ensuring world-leading research and development, and global challenges require global solutions, across nations and disciplines. Find out more about our international work by following the hashtag #UKRIGlobal on Twitter.
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Notes for editors
Together for Impact: A short animated film to celebrate the India-UK research and innovation partnership, and its impact.
UK Research and Innovation is a new body which works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish. We aim to maximise the contribution of each of our component parts, working individually and collectively. We work with our many partners to benefit everyone through knowledge, talent and ideas. Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £6 billion, UK Research and Innovation brings together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England. www.ukri.org
UK Research and Innovation India, based at the British High Commission in New Delhi, plays a key role in enhancing the UK-India relationship in research and innovation. Since 2008, when the office was established, the UK together with the government of India and third parties have together invested over £300 million in co-funded research and innovation programmes comprising over 200 individual projects, involving over 175 different UK and Indian research institutions and more than 100 industry partners. UKRI – India collaborative projects cover an array of themes, including, energy, environment, food security, health, next generation IT networks, social sciences, and humanities. www.ukri.org/india