Science And Technology Strengthens Indian-australian Links

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Science and technology strengthens Indian-Australian links 

Australia must look to the future and strengthen its education and research ties

with India to capitalise on the country’s economic boom, according to eminent

Indian scientist, Professor CNR Rao, FRS (Fellow of the Royal Society).

Professor Rao, in Melbourne as an RMIT University Visiting Fellow, said

science and technology were vital to building lasting connections between

Australia and the world’s fastest growing economy.

“India faces many problems and challenges in improving the quality of

research and increasing the number of our science and engineering

graduates,” the world’s foremost solid state and materials chemist said.

“With so many Indian students already studying at institutions in Australia, we

have a golden opportunity to further strengthen the ties between our countries

by collaborating on research and using our shared knowledge to find solutions

to our biggest challenges.”

RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Margaret Gardner AO, said

the University had recently established research collaborations with some of

India’s top institutions, including the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology in

Hyderabad, the National Chemical Laboratory in Pune, Indian Institute of

Technology Roorkee and the University of Rajasthan, Jaipur. 

“Our researchers will be working together on some of the biggest problems

facing India and the world, including environmental management, air pollution

and climate change,” Professor Gardner said.

“RMIT is proud to welcome Professor Rao, one of India’s most distinguished

scientists to Melbourne.

“His passion and drive have inspired both our researchers and the general

community, and we look forward to building ever-stronger connections with the

scientific community in India.”

Professor Rao, the Chair of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime

Minister of India, is National Research Professor, Linus Pauling Research

Professor and Honorary President of the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for

Advanced Scientific Research in Bangalore, India.

To arrange an interview with Professor Rao or for more information on

RMIT-Indian research collaborations, contact: RMIT University’s

Professor Suresh Bhargava, +61 3 9925 2330 or +61 417 142 761. 

For general media enquiries: RMIT University Media and

Communications, Paul Noonan, +61 3 9925 2373 or +61 409 239 021.

24 July, 2008

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