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India and Cambridge Signed a New Biotech Pact

Jun 8, 2015 16:36 IST

    Department of Biotechnology (DBT), India and the University of Cambridge has taken a huge leap towards supporting each other in research and innovation projects by signing a pact under which there would be early-career fellowships that would be given to the scholars of our country.

    The agreement between the two bodies was signed in between the Minister of State for Science and Technology, YS Chowdhury and the Vice Chancellor of University of Cambridge, Laszek Borysiewicz. The discussions between the panels of the two universities and ministries pointed out that the both the universities would foster partnership through creating new opportunities for joint research and developing research institutions.

    Dr. Shailja V Guta, the DBT Director of International Co-operation, Professor Dinakar Salunke, Executive Director of the regional centre of Biotechnology were some of the dignitaries that were present in the conference, taking part in the discussion among the panelists. According to the agreement the early-career researchers would get benefitted and those students who are from the University of Cambridge would get fellowship while studying in DBT as well. The academics would be set by both the universities jointly after discussions.

    The academics are expected to be of five years in total, of which two years would be in Cambridge while the rest of three years would be set in a partner institute in India. The research work would be carried out both in India and Cambridge by the fellow students. Along with commercialization and promoting entrepreneurship, the focus of the research programme would be on the translational research of the two countries.

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