09 November 2011
Symposium strengthens Indian-Australian links
RMIT University has hosted a three-day symposium aimed at strengthening collaborative links between Indian and Australian scientists in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology.
The joint symposium strengthened collaborative links between Indian and Australian scientists.
Professor CNR Rao and Professor Margaret Gardner sign the Memorandum of Understanding.
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Eminent guest was Professor CNR Rao, FRS, Honorary President of the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research in Bangalore, India.
The Australia-India Joint Symposium on Smart Nanomaterials was held earlier this month in celebration of the International Year of Chemistry and in honour of Professor Rao.
A key event at the symposium was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between RMIT and the International Centre for Materials Science in Bangalore, India.
This significant collaboration builds on RMIT’s existing engagement with some of Indian’s leading institutions.
These include the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology in Hyderabad, the National Chemical Laboratory in Pune, the Indian Institute of Technology in Roorkee and the University of Rajasthan in Jaipur.
Professor Margaret Gardner AO, RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President, said that RMIT was proud to welcome Professor Rao, one of India’s most distinguished scientists, to Melbourne.
“His passion and drive have inspired our researchers and the general community, and we look forward to building ever-stronger connections with the scientific community in India,” Professor Gardner said.
“RMIT is already working closely with eminent Indian scientists on major nanotechnology projects. This symposium will strengthen relationships between Australia and India in the emerging field of nanotechnology, by fostering initiatives in science and technology and showcasing innovative research activities.”
Other keynote speakers included Dr Ziggy Switkowski, RMIT Chancellor; Dr T Ramasami, Secretary of India’s Department of Science and Technology; and Professor John Webb, Deputy Director of the Australia-India Institute.
“I am confident that this symposium will prove to be a significant step in sustaining RMIT’s extensive collaborative activities between Australia and India,” Symposium chairman, RMIT’s Professor Suresh Bhargava, said.
Professor Suresh Bhargava and Professor CNR Rao (second and third from left) with guests at a dinner held in honour of Professor Rao.