The Indian branch of the Indo-Russian Science & Technology Centre (IRSTC), has been opened at Gurgaon in the Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR).
IRSTC inauguration. Source: Press Photo
It was inaugurated on April 25, 2012, by Dr T. Ramasami, Secretary, Department of Science & Technology, Government of India, and Academician A.O. Gliko, Director General, RAS Institute of Physics of the Earth, who are also the Co-Chairs of the Joint Council of the Integrated Long Term Programme – the flagship of the Indo-Russian S&T cooperation programme. Several hundred special invitees, including a twenty-member delegation of Russian scientists and representatives of several Delhi based scientific organizations, attended the opening.
Informing of the inauguration, Ambassador of India to the Russian Federation HE Mr. Ajai Malhotra stated: "It is satisfying to see the implementation of an important Summit level decision as a result of this inauguration. India-Russia scientific and technological cooperation is the most extensive collaboration effort for both countries. Branches of the Indo-Russian S&T Center have been set up at both Moscow and Delhi for operational effectiveness. They will work in tandem to promote modernization and commercialization of innovative technologies developed jointly or independently by Indian and Russian scientists. If an Indian or Russian business person or entrepreneur has a proposal for technology partnership and its commercialisation, whether seeking or offering technology, the Indo-Russian S&T Centre can network him or her with partners in either country."
The Moscow Branch of the IRSTC, inaugurated on Dec 15, 2011, is headed by Mr Sergei Y Sukonkin as its Director General. He is also the Director of the Experimental Design Bureau of Oceanological Engineering, which houses the Centre. The Moscow Branch has already established regional nodes across Russia for networking with potential Russian technology providers and users. It has also put in place the legal and organizational structure to facilitate partnership building and emerge as a nucleus for knowledge assimilation and dissemination.
The Delhi-NCR Branch of the IRSTC is headed by Dr G Sundararajan, Director of the International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI) and is located in the ARCI premises in Gurgaon, near Delhi.