"MIT-DBT partnership for translational biomedical research"

New Delhi, Mar 30 : Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)-Department of Biotechnology (DBT) partnership currently in operation to develop programs to support and promote ongoing translational biomedical research efforts in India, said Union Science and Technology Minister S. Jaipal Reddy in New Delhi.

While addressing the ASSOCHAM-Rai Foundation Luncheon-Talk, Reddy said, the partnership supports and promotes capacity building in Indian translational research by leveraging MIT's stellar capacities to provide programs within the networked community for translational research.

"For this, a joint steering committee comprising of leading researchers in India and in the MIT- Harvard health science technology network is working to promote Indian translational research opportunities at appropriate venues to attract young talent in the area," said Reddy.

He said the concept of a cluster of complementary institutions has been pioneered by MIT and the president himself has pioneered one in Kendall square. Such clusters are particularly valuable in India as shared resources result in major saving and proximity of intellectuals results in a catalytic advantage in science.

Dr. Rafael Reif, President of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said, "Why I am here in India, there are global important challenges that I want to work in the best way to contribute those challenges and also to find out the collaborators here."

Dr. Reif said, "We would like to establish collaboration here in India, also to make each other stronger and I am open for all the collaborations whether it is from public sector, private sector or government, It's an open book right now, added while interacting the media at the ASSOCHAM meeting." He also said, "I am here to talk and to engage myself to do something together."

Others who also spoke during the conference were Lord Dr. Swaraj Paul, D S Rawat, Secretary General ASSOCHAM and Vinay Rai, Chairman ASSOCHAM Education Committee.

--IBNS (Posted on 30-03-2013)

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