New Delhi: The India-UK Tech Summit was jointly inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India Mr Narendra Modi and the Prime Minister of United Kingdom, Mrs Theresa May, on 7th November, 2016, at in New Delhi. Addressing the summit PM Modi said “Education is vital for our students and will define our engagement in a shared future. We must therefore encourage greater mobility and participation of young people in educational and research opportunities.”
PM Modi highlighted that the India-UK Tech Summit marks high point of 2016 as this year summit focuses on Higher Education, Research & Innovation. The present India-UK cooperation in science and technology is driven by ‘high quality’ and ‘high impact’ research partnerships. PM Modi commented that in less than two years’ time under the ‘Newton-Bhabha’ program both countries have started wide ranging collaborations covering basic science to solution science aimed at addressing societal challenges.
He informed that together scientific communities of both countries are working on new vaccines for infectious diseases, inventing new smart materials, providing solutions for clean energy and climate change mitigation, and improving crop productivity including agriculture and food security. “We have agreed to establish India-UK Clean Energy R&D Centre on solar energy with joint investment of 10 million pounds. A new Anti-Microbial Resistance initiative with joint investment of 15 million pounds is also being launched”, added the prime minister of India.
India’s partnership with UK in industrial research has been one of our most exciting programs. The Global Innovation & Technology Alliance or GITA platform of CII and Department of Science and Technology along with Innovate-UK supports industry led R&D projects in affordable healthcare, clean technology, manufacturing and ICT.
PM Modi emphasised “I firmly believe that Science, Technology and Innovation are immense growth forces and will play a very significant role in our relationship. The Tech Summit aims at strengthening our strategic partnership for mutual gains based on our shared technological prowess and scientific knowledge”
Mr Modi opined that India and the UK must continue to nurture and support an ecosystem of high quality fundamental research to pave the way for joint technology development that can address global challenges.