Britain has provided its permission to allow Indian researchers access to the neutron scattering facility of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire during the Indian science and technology minister Harsh Vardhan’s visit.
India will invest Rs 26.5 crore as part of the nano-mission programme of the science and technology department. In addition India-UK Networked Centre for solar energy will be set up with collaboration from both the countries fulfilling the India’s renewable energy mission and Britain’s Supergen Program.
India will be contributing Rs. 50 crore each year for five years, with a matching contribution from the Research Council UK under the Newton-Bhabha programme.
“As the leader of the international solar alliance, India will set up its headquarters in New Delhi. Britain is also the partner country for the technology summit in Delhi in November”, said the minister. “The ministry of earth sciences, India and NERC-UK are working on large observational campaign involving UK aircraft and Indian ships accompanied by surface observations primarily to address the role of small scale processes to address variability of the Indian monsoon, leading to improved prediction of monsoon from short range to seasonal time scale,” he added futher.
The minister also informed that in lieu with the Newton-Bhabha programme, the two sides had agreed on a collaborative program on energy efficiency in built environment as a part of the “Smart Cities” mission.