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Posted: February 3, 2008
From wines to nuclear: Indo-French S&T ties cover wide gamut
(Nanowerk News) From the wine industry to the nuclear sector, India and France signed up a series of pacts to enhance ties in science and technology during the recent visit of President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Presidents and directors of several French research institutes and universities, who accompanied Sarkozy, held intense discussions with their Indian counterparts on joint research and student exchange programmes.
The Grand Accelerateur National d'ions Lourds (GANIL), a heavy ion accelerator based in Caen in France, signed a pact with Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) to study rare isotopes that are useful for the healthcare sector.
"We have signed an umbrella agreement which can be used as a framework for further cooperation on various research projects," said GANIL Director Sydney Gales.
The Bordeaux region, famous for its wines the world over, has agreed to share its experience in the sector with their Indian counterparts, a development that is expected to benefit the grape growers here.
The University of Boredeaux and the University of Pune are planning a joint programme on wine studies covering activities in information technology and software, and wine processing.
"We're looking forward to joint research and exchange of students and faculty," Professor Singaravelou, vice-president of the University of Bordeaux, said.
Electronics, engineering, nanotechnology and nuclear sciences were the most sought after areas in which the two sides were keen to focus their strengths.