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UKRI Chief Executive in India to address Science, Technology and Innovation Advisory Council

16/01/2019

UKRI Chief Executive in India to address Science, Technology and Innovation Advisory Council

Professor Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation, is on a two-day visit to Delhi, India, to strengthen our ongoing research relationships and address the newly-formed Prime Minister’s Science, Technology and Innovation Advisory Council (PM-STIAC), at the invitation of Professor K. VijayRaghavan, Chair of PM-STIAC.

Mark Walport and Professor Tim Wheeler, Director International UK Research and Innovation, will also visit three Newton-Bhabha projects, which highlight the UK and India’s research collaborations. The three projects:

  • advance the efficiency and production potential of solar cells;
  • develop and test innovative approaches to optimize agricultural nitrogen management to help meeting food security goals; and
  • study the early life health effects of exposure to air pollution.

Mark Walport said: “In a world that depends on science and innovation to help address shared challenges, the creation of the Prime Minister’s Science, Technology and Innovation Advisory Council comes at an exciting time for both India and its international partners. The UKRI-India collaboration has come a long way to provide solutions through its high-quality joint programmes and to prepare for future challenges.”

Professor K. VijayRaghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser to Government of India, said: “The ultimate goal of building a prosperous society and economy can be achieved through effective quality research, innovation and policies. As most of the challenges faced today are global in nature, it is important that India effectively leverages international science and technology collaboration to address these issues. Science and technology as major drivers that help transform a nation, PM-STIAC is committed to taking India into the next era of its science excellence.”

The PM-STIAC is a new overarching body that assesses specific science and technology domains in India, and formulates interventions and roadmaps. It advises India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on all matters of science, technology and innovation and monitors the implementation of the Prime Minister’s vision for the nation.

In October 2018, UKRI India office celebrated a decade of India-UK research and innovation partnership, which is creating new shared economic opportunities through research and innovation – one of the fastest growing bilateral areas of collaboration – and aims to generate advances that will improve the lives of people in India and the UK.

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