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Australia to provide $20 million to India to strengthen Research

New Delhi: The Australian Government will provide $20 million over the next four years to support scientific collaboration between Australian and Indian scientists. The Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) has supported more than 220 joint scientific projects in areas of key importance to both countries including agricultural research, biomedical devices and implants, nanotechnology and vaccines. AISRF projects have attracted significant contributions from respected research partners in both countries representing 90 top universities and research institutions. The Fund’s work has resulted in substantial commercialisation opportunities and a large number of publications, patents and prototypes. This includes a low cost and environmentally safe product to address oil contaminated water; technologies to build up disease and pest resilience in crops such as chickpeas and cotton; and technologies to assist in the production and long-term use of a clean burning synthetic fuel with potential use in the Australian and Indian transport sectors. I visited the Jai Prakesh Narayan Apex Trauma Centre in Delhi today and saw firsthand the great work facilitated by the AISRF. Over the last ten years more than $60 million has been invested in the AISRF and I am pleased this further support will enable the Fund’s work to continue.

About Sanjay Trivedi

Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He also served as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University.

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