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India to collaborate in enhancing the facility at UK’s premier Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Newdelhi:28/4/23:Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh today visited the United Kingdom’s premier institution, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) and met researchers, including those working on the UK- India iSiS project.

The Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) is one of the national scientific research laboratories in the UK operated by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). In addition to hosting facilities for the UK, RAL also operates departments to co-ordinate the UK programme of participation in major international facilities. The largest of these are the areas of particle physics, and space science. The site hosts some of the UK’s major scientific facilities, including: the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source (1984), a spallation neutron source, the Central Laser Facility, the Diamond Light Source synchrotron

.Dr Jitendra Singh mentioned that in this year of India’s G-20 presidency when Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given the theme of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ meaning the whole world is one single family, India is ready to offer its experiences in Science and Innovation to other countries for the larger benefit of mankind. The United Kingdom being a traditional partner has been collaborating with India in the field of science and innovation for a very long time, he said.

The proposal for Phase II (2023-28) is under consideration which have 5 components, namely (a) provision for the visits of two scientists for each experiment (b) Provision of cash contribution of £ 3 Million towards the upgrade of mutually beneficial instrumentation, including the “Indian motivated” ZOOM beamline (C) Provision of Fellowships for one postdoctoral fellow (D) Provision for the visit of two researchers obtained their beam time under direct access (E) Fund to organise Steering Committee meetings every year in India and UK alternately and fund for organising the “India-UK Neutron Scattering Workshop” alternate year starting from the first year of the project.

The Minister concluded by saying that he is looking forward to more opportunities for India UK collaboration in sharing of R & D infrastructure to get more from less.

Dr Jitendra Singh is leading a high-level official Indian delegation of the Ministry of Science & Technology on a 6-day visit to the United Kingdom.

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