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Newton-Bhabha Fund update, as part of future UK-India science and innovation collaboration

14 July 2016

Ministers agree future of UK-India science and innovation collaboration, including Newton-Bhabha Fund

The Minister for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson, co-chaired the fifth UK-India Science and Innovation Council with his Indian counterpart Dr Harsh Vardhan, Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences on Wednesday 15 June. The Council provides strategic direction for collaboration between the UK and India, ensuring there is an ambitious, mutually beneficial, outcome-focused relationship.

Bilateral agreements on three key areas were achieved:

  • Big Data
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Oceans.

Presentations from the Alan Turing InstituteInnovate UK and the National Oceanography Centre ignited an enthusiastic and lively discussion from both sides on potential UK-India collaboration under each of these three key areas. During Minister Harsh Vardhan’s visit to the UK he met with the Vice Chancellor of Oxford University and the President of Imperial College London to discuss each institution’s work with India. Dr Vardhan also visited the world class facilities of both the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and Alan Turing Institute.

The UK-India Science and Innovation Council reinforced the strong relationship that the UK has with India. The Minister for Universities and Science and Dr Harsh Vardhan highlighted the significant progress that had been made and applauded the important role that the UK-India research and innovation partnership has played in bringing together the best researchers in both countries to address global challenges. The two Ministers were pleased to endorse the new Newton-Bhabha strategy which had been agreed by the Newton-Bhabha Steering Group earlier in the day. They recognised that Newton-Bhabha has become the largest bilateral initiative for facilitating research and innovation collaborations between the two countries.