On January 18, 2012 Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Republic of India to the Russian Federation, H.E. Mr. Ajai Malhotra, together with Dr. Rama Swami Bansal, Consellor (S&T), Embassy of India, Moscow (Russia), visited the Moscow Unit of Russian-Indian Science and Technology Centre.
Mrs. L.I. Kornaukhova, RISTC Moscow Deputy Director, showed the guests around the Centre, offered the guests first-hand view with its infrastructure and equipment, and introduced the staff.
RISTC Director General, Mr. S.Y. Sukonkin, informed the distinguished guest on the RISTC Moscow Unit activities in 2010-2011.
Among the topics discussed during the visit there were interaction between RISTC Moscow and Delhi Units, comprehensive informational support to the concerned companies, enterprises and institutions, Joint Plan for 2012 and a number of other issues regarding RISTC work.
The proposed Joint Plan for 2012 that includes the issues listed below was approved by the Indian side:
- Participation in scientific & technological projects
- Participation in international research and practice forums
- Organization of presentations of innovative technologies, equipment and advanced products of Russian and Indian scientists and engineers
- Initial forming of the database of Indian products ready for commercialization: scientific developments, technologies, know-how – jointly with Delhi Unit of RISTC.
- Participation in High Technology Forum in Delhi
- Participation in the international exhibition in Mumbai in March 2012
- Participation in BRICS summit in Delhi
- Holding video-conferences
H.E. Mr. Ajai Malhotra expressed satisfaction with the visit to the Centre and the outcome of the meeting. He promised to provide extensive support to RISTC and invited the participants of the meeting to the ceremony of RISTC Delhi Unit inauguration.
On December 15, 2011 the Inauguration ceremony of the Russian-Indian Scientific & Technological Centre (RISTC), Moscow Unit was held.
To mark Inauguration of RISTC Dr. G. Sundararajan and Academician Alexander O. Gliko cut the red ribbon and, due to an Indian tradition, lighted a special ceremonial lamp. RISTC Inauguration ceremony was covered by reporters from radiostation "The Voice of Russia”, newspapers "Rossiyskaya gazeta” and "The HINDU Business Line”, and the magazine "Russia & India – Partnership for the sa Future”. After the official part the delegation members were shown presentations of some state-of-the-art Russian technologies introduced at Russian enterprises. Among the presenters were
Mr. I.S. Uryupin, an jfficer of Russian Academy of Public Administration ;
Mr. A.S. Belyakov, Chief Scientific Officer, Schmidt Institute of Physics of the Earth ;
Mr. A.E. Volkov, Adviser (Science and Technology), VSMPO-AVISMA Corporation.
After signing the Protocol of RISTC Joint Board Meeting, Russian-Indian Scientific and Technological Centre was officially declared open.
On December 15, 2011 the Inauguration ceremony of the Russian-Indian Scientific & Technological Centre (RISTC), Moscow Unit was held, along with the first working meeting of RISTC Joint Board.
Present at the ceremony were:
From the Russian side:
Academician Alexander O. Gliko, Academician-Secretary, Branch of Earth Sciences, Russian Academy of Sciences; Co-Chairman of Integrated Long Term Program of Cooperation (ILTP) in Science & Technology between India and Russia;
Dr. Sergei Y. Sukonkin, Director General, Russian -Indian S&T Centre, Moscow Unit; Director of Experimental Design Bureau of Oceanological Engineering, Russian Academy of Sciences;
Ms. Lyudmila.I. Kornaukhova, Deputy Director General, Russian - IndianS&T Centre, Moscow Unit; Mrs. Vera. P. Krivosheeva, Head of Accounting and Reporting Division.
From the Indian side:
Dr. G. Sundararajan, Director, Indo-Russian S&T Centre, Delhi Unit;
Director, International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials;
Mr. S.K. Varshney, Scientist F/Director, International Division, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India;
Mr.S.B.Kaushik, Deputy Secretary – Finance, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India;
Dr. Rama Swami Bansal, Counsellor (Science and Technology), Embassy of India to Russian Federation
Dr S.V. Joshi, Deputy Director, Delhi Unit of the Indo-Russian Science & Technology Centre.
At the meeting the reports prepared by RISTC Moscow and Delhi Units Directors were submitted and the Joint Work Plan for 2012 was adopted.
On November 17, 2011 the 4th
Summit of the Working Group for Science and Technology of the Intergovernmental
Indo-Russian Commission for Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technical and Cultural
Cooperation took place in the Russian-Indian Scientific and Technological
- from the Russian side: Mr. A.
Sumbatyan, Deputy Director of the Department of International Cooperation,
Ministry of Science and Education, Russia.
- from the Indian side: Dr. Arabindra Mitra, Head of
Bilateral Cooperation Division, Department of Science and Technology, Government
At the meeting both
sides emphasized the growing importance of facilitating cooperation in science,
technology and innovations as well as manufacturing application of scientific
and technological developments in both countries.
The issue of
fostering cooperation in some fields of science in the frameworks of a number of
Working Subgroups was discussed.
Mr. Sergey Vanyukov,
Coordinator of International Projects of Skolkovo Fund, made a presentation to
familiarize the WGS participants with the activities of the Fund.
The WGS Co-Chairmen
described as “splendid” the results of cooperation between the Experimental
Desigh Bureau of Oceanological Engineering of the Russian Academy of Sciences,
Moscow, Russia, and the National Institute of Ocean Technology, Chennai, India.
The Working Group also took into consideration
information on several scientific and technological events, in which scientific
institutions of Siberia and Russian Far East had taken part.
Finally, the next Working Group Summit was
scheduled, which is going to take place in Delhi in 2012, and the Protocol was
RISTC General Director S.Y. Sukonkin and Deputy General Director L.I. Kornaukhova took part in the V Russian-Indian Forum for Trade and Investment. At the Round Table "Innovations and Commercialization of Research and Technologies” RISTC Deputy General Director delivered a report under the title "Russian-Indian Scientific and Technological Centre – an Intergovernmental Instrument for Bilateral Transfer of Innovative Technologies and Equipment”. Business meetings and talks were held in the frameworks of the Forum.