An Indian scientist in Britain has been granted a prestigious fellowship worth £1,068,000 (about $1.8 million) by a top British agency that funds research in engineering and the physical sciences.
Ravinder Dahiya, a senior lecturer at the University of Glasgow’s electronic and nano scale engineering division, is among the eight leading academics from 10 British universities to be endowed with ‘Engineering Fellowships for Growth’ by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) aimed at maintaining Britain’s research leadership in three areas identified as Great British Technologies — advanced materials, robotic and autonomous systems, and synthetic biology.
EPSRC is a British research council that provides government funding for grants to undertake research and postgraduate degrees in engineering and the physical sciences at universities and other organisations throughout Britain.
Dr. Dahiya, a former lecturer at Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology (NSIT) in Delhi, has been awarded the fellowship to pursue research in robotics stream for the next five years.
In robotics, Dr. Dahiya has been entitled to develop tactile synthetic skin that can be printed and used with robots to work in healthcare known as “printable tactile skin”.