Under the Newton-Bhabha Fund, India and UK came in terms together to put in 50 million pounds together, so that the cooperation in the fields of science, research and innovation could be carried forward between the two countries. The Minister of Science and Technology, Harsh Vardhan claimed that the programme would help in providing financial assistance to dedicated and deserving candidates who are the best minds in the country capable of taking up research and innovation further.
Harsh Vardhan made this announcement while he was attending a conference where delegates from both the countries were present. The plans were drawn for the 4th UK India Science and Innovation Council and joint research programmes on mental health and substance abuse were discussed among others.
The Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan pointed out, "Scientists, academicians, research scholars and administrators from both countries have come forward to undertake joint-research activities for developing a scientific temper among the people. Newton-Bhabha Fund is a tribute to the famous icons Homi J Bhabha and Sir Issac Newton from both the lands. The programme aims to provide 50 million pounds to the best minds of both countries in addressing the global challenges through the application of science and technology,"
The British Minister for Universities, Science and Cities said in the meeting, “I hope this exciting new programme will deliver as much to global science as Newton and Bhabha. By working together to address big societal challenges, like sustainable cities, health, food, energy and water, the UK and India can deliver tangible benefits for our countries and the world."
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