In order to bring UK and Indian scientists together to
tackle major global challenges, Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) is going to
invest Rs 2.5 crore to deliver six Newton-Bhabha Fund workshops, co-funded by
the British Council. On Wednesday, president of Royal Society of Chemistry (UK),Professor Dominic Tildesley at
Punjab University (PU) made the announcement.
It involves the biggies like Cambridge, Nottingham and
Cardiff from UK and from India, IIT-Delhi, IIT-Madras and IIT-Mandi - in the project. The focus of these workshops will be on topics like
human health, energy and environment and sustainability.
Dominic said that India being an influential centre of
chemistry will be a vital partner for UK science. They are basically supporting
the development of chemical sciences in India and collaboration between two
countries. He further added that Royal Society of Chemistry is re-signing a
cooperation agreement with the Chemical Research Society of India (CRSI), at
the 10th RSC-CRSI symposium, held in Chandigarh this week.
Over the years, number of papers of Indian scholars
published in RSC has increased.
Professor Sourav Pal, president of the Chemical Research
Society of India (CRSI) said that number of students taking chemistry has never
been less but they want good students so that quality of research remains high.
He added that as compared to men, women take up chemistry more at undergraduate
and post-graduate levels but is difficult to sustain them. According to him,
it's a year which is significant as it marks the tenth RSC-CRSI joint symposium
and a decade of partnership. This partnership will promote chemical science in
India and will bring two countries together.