Russia-India scientific, technology centre opened

Updated - November 17, 2021 12:04 am IST

Published - December 16, 2011 03:11 am IST - MOSCOW

A Russia-India scientific and technological centre was opened here on Thursday to promote industrial uses for breakthrough technologies developed in both the countries.

The centre was inaugurated to coincide with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Russia for an annual bilateral summit on Thursday. It is designed to provide a missing link to the wide-ranging scientific collaboration between the two nations – a mechanism for commercialisation of technologies developed under the 20-year-long Indo-Russian Integrated Long-Term Programme (ILTP).

“The new centre is of particular importance to both countries in their efforts to encourage innovation and modernisation,” said India's Ambassador to Russia Ajai Malhotra.

A similar centre would be opened in New Delhi early next year. It already has a website http://ristc.com/. Both units would work in close coordination.

“Our job will be to put together the technology people in Russia with industry people in India and vice versa. It will be a two-way road,” said G. Sundararajan, head of the centre.

Dr. Sundararajan heads the International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and the New Materials in Hyderabad, one of the most successful projects of India-Russia cooperation.

The Moscow and New Delhi centres would rely on soft government loans and help in land acquisition to support innovative technological projects in the two countries.

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