A scientific exchange programme between India and Denmark to benefit India’s vast scientific talent pool

In an effort to cultivate India’s immense scientific talent pool, Novozymes and the Holck-Larsen Foundation have joined forces to work with Danish universities to set up a scientist exchange programme between India and Denmark.

With a population of 1.3 billion, more than 500 universities and more than 12 million students, India is increasingly seen as a global superpower when it comes to scientific talent.

The programme, a first-of-its-kind between India and Denmark, is funded to the tune of Rs. 20 million a year. It will run from 2013 to 2019, and each year it will allow approximately 25 scientists to participate in exchange visits between India and Denmark. The funds will be managed by the Technical University of Denmark, the University of Copenhagen and Aarhus University.

“Novozymes has a need for talented scientists with a global mindset. Denmark also educates excellent biotechnologists, who could benefit from going on an international assignment to give them a more global perspective. My dream is to connect Indian and Danish science in the field of biotechnology,” Per Falholt, executive vice president and head of R&D at Novozymes, said. 

He said the programme was being established to provide funds to send scientists on educational international assignments. Novozymes is a global R&D organisation fostering bio-innovation.

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