The RCUK event 'Inspiring Change: Impact of the UK--India Research Partnership' showed the impact

UK-India research partnership is highly impactful: RCUK

Archana Venkatraman

Research Councils UK (RCUK) India hosted an event - Inspiring Change: Impact of the UK--India Research Partnership on Thursday, May 21st to demonstrate how the UK-India research collaboration has delivered meaningful results.

Sir James Bevan KCMG, British High Commissioner to India

The event brought together senior representatives from the UK and Indian science and innovation landscapes, including Professor Jane Elliott, RCUK’s International Lead and Chief Executive of the  Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC); Sir James Bevan [pictured] KCMG, British High Commissioner to India; Professor Vijay Raghavan, Secretary to India’s Department of Biotechnology and Professor Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, to India’s Department of Science and Technology, along with researchers and senior policy makers from  the UK and India.

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“India and the UK have a long-established science and innovation relationship," said Professor Jane Elliott, chief executive of ESRC. "We believe growth and prosperity is best achieved through international cooperation. India has a very strong and growing knowledge base, and is an important international partner for the UK."

This event shows how RCUK is committed to delivering impact by excellent research through the UK-India research programmes.

“Research and Innovation are increasingly developed and transferred through international co-operation," said Dr Nafees Meah, director, RCUK India. "India is the most populous liberal democracy and one of the fastest growing economies in the world. RCUK India is here to develop the research and innovation partnership between the UK and India by fostering opportunities for research excellence.”

The research collaboration between the two countries resulted in better innovation, which in turn will, enhance the societies and economies of both the UK and India. RCUK India also released a short film featuring impact highlights from a range UK-India research programmes. The film complemented the initiatives of the UK and Indian research communities and highlights the way in which RCUK India adds value to this collaboration.

RCUK India enables a strategic, sustainable research alliance between the UK and India, which is built on the principle of equal partnership. Researchers from both countries are addressing global priorities such as energy access, climate change and public health.

RCUK India will continue to build on this successful UK-India research collaboration between the Research Councils UK and major Indian funding agencies in order to accelerate the uptake of research.

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