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Posted: October 26, 2008

India and Russia to cooperate in nanotechnology research

(Nanowerk News) India and Russia will now take forward the collaborative science programmes to new areas like ocean research, gas hydrides for energy security and nanotechnology and work for transfer of technology for industry.
The research in the emerging areas would help India achieve energy security and use technology for the benefit of the public.
"We are now giving a new thrust to our partnership with Russia in the area of science and technology. The focus will be involving industry in this drive so that the benefit of technology reaches the public," Prof C N R Rao, co-chairman of the Integrated Long Term Programmes (ILTP) of cooperation in science and technology between India and Russia, told PTI in New Delhi on Friday.
India and Russia started joint research projects under ILTP in 1987. Over 500 projects have been undertaken under the joint mechanism since then.
"But now we will focus on emerging areas like marine research, that include exploration of gas hydrates which is potential sources of energy. The other areas are silicon technology and nano-technology," said Rao, who is also the chairman of scientific advisory council to the Prime Minister.
The gas hydrates could be century's next biggest energy find as reservoirs of such compound have been found and studied all over the world.
"But the gas hydrates is available on about two to three km below the ocean surface. We do not have technology to explore this resource. The collaboration with Russia will help us to get the technology and explore the hydrates and other mineral resources below the ocean surface," Rao said at the 15th session of ILTP.Rao said India's collaboration in science and technology with Russia has made many achievements in the areas of atomic research, space research and earth research.
"We had a few joint projects in earthquake research also. We have achieved a lot of success in our joint drive so far," he said.
Now the research has to be taken to the users and both the countries will apply the innovations for the benefits of industry.
"It is risky because the innovations may fail to deliver the results. But we will now take the risk and apply the innovations," Secretary, Department of Science and Technology (DST) T Ramasami said.
Besides, the ILTP will also focus on research in agriculture and food, Seismology and Mathematics. It will encourage institutional linkages.
The ILTP will also develop modalities for increased participation of young scientists.
The ILTP programme was started with the vision to enhance scientific cooperation in terms of having interactions and starting joint research projects for mutual benefits.
A number of Thematic centres have come up in both the countries to take forward the research. Over 130 joint workshops have been organised so far under ILTP.
Source: Press Trust of India