Speaking at the first ever Newton Prize award ceremony at the National Science Centre in New Delhi, the UK Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Jo Johnson and the Indian Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Shri Y S Chowdary, announced six new UK-India joint research programmes. Of the international Newton-Bhabha funded programmes to be established, one holds strong links to STFC and more specifically, the Central Laser Facility, based at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire.
This new project, which builds on previous successful collaborations, will be focused on skills enhancement between STFC's Central Laser Facility and India's Tata institute of Fundamental Research under which Indian engineers based in the UK will receive training in next-generation laser technology. This will allow them to jointly develop control systems for the construction of next-generation high power lasers in the UK.
“This is a new chapter in the longstanding collaboration between CLF and TIFR which has grown over the years, assisted by the Newton-Bhabha funds. There is now a strong demand from academic communities on both sides for establishing a joint innovation centre in order to translate the research we do into societal applications that will benefit the people in both countries. This pilot project could seed such an initiative." Dr. Rajeev Pattathil, Gemini Group Leader
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The TATA Institute of Fundamental Research is a National Centre of the Government of India, under the umbrella of the Department of Atomic Energy, as well as a deemed University awarding degrees for master's and doctoral programs. The Institute was founded in 1945 with support from the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust under the vision of Dr Homi Bhabha. At TIFR, research is carried out in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, computer science and science education.