In the frameworks of Days of Indian Science and Culture from 19 till 21 March in Tomsk there were carried out activities aimed at developing Russian-Indian scientific and technological cooperation. Days were organized by Tomsk State University, the Indian Embassy in the Russian Federation, East Countries Centre at the Tomsk State University, The Research Centre for Policy Analysis and Studies of Technology at the Tomsk State University (PAST Centre) and Tomsk Region Administration. Among the participants there were Tomsk small and medium-sized business companies, representatives of Tomsk universities and authorities and experts from the Indian oil company Imperial Energy that operates in the Tomsk region.
On March, 19, there was held scientific and practical seminar "India: experience of innovative development” that was dedicated to the discussion of ways and opportunities for establishing new relations and strengthening current ones between Russia and India. With stable economic growth, growing domestic market, highly skilled work force and indisputable achievements in the sphere of the advanced technologies (IT, space, biotechnologies, energy industry), India is an interesting and perspective country for cooperation in business as well as in the sphere of science and education. At the seminar there were discussed the processes of innovative development that could provide the basis for the Russian-Indian cooperation, main programs and contracts that provide this activity. The expert commentary about the Russian-Indian cooperation in the sphere of innovations was made by Doctor Sanjai Mahendru, First Secretary of the Indian Embassy in the Russian Federation, Doctor Anil Gupta, professor from Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad), founder of Net of National Innovations Honey Bee Network, co-director of Indian National Innovation Fund, professor Oleg V. Malyarov, chief research scientist from RAS Institute of Oriental Studies.
On March, 20, there was held the student Round Table "Student organizations in international innovative process: example of India and Russia”. The participants of the Round Table had an opportunity to receive first-hand information about how Indian students were involved in innovative processes, about international activity of students and their associations, about opportunities and prospects that are available for Tomsk young people. The questions were answered by Anil Gupta as well as existing members of Honey Bee Network (in mode of videoconference).
Discussion of key aspects of the Russian-Indian cooperation in the sphere of business and science proceeded during the Round table "Chances of interaction of the Indian and Russian businessmen in the innovative sphere", which passed with assistance of Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Tomsk region.
The participants attention was focused on such problems as: search for partners in business; the Russian innovative technologies and products penetration into the Indian market; cooperation with the profile organizations and participation in the international programs. As experts of the Round table there were invited:
Dr. R. Sunder, Director General of the Bangalore Integrated System Solutions company (P) Ltd., (Bangalore, India) and Lyudmila I. Kornaukhova, Deputy Director General of Russian-Indian S & T Centre (Moscow, Russia).
One of the most important results of the Round table for RISTC there became
arrangement of Dr. R. Sunder's visit to Moscow Unit of RISTC and negotiations about cooperation.
On March, 21, L.I. Kornaukhova conducted negotiations with professor Anil Gupta about cooperation between Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad) and Russian-Indian Scientific and Technological Centre (Moscow) and exchange of bases of innovations.
On March, 22, in the frameworks of individual business program L.I. Kornaukhova visited OJSC "Special Economic Area of Technology Development Type "Tomsk”. After the presentation of the sides there was held the discussion with Vladimir S. Vesnin, head of Administration of Cooperation with Residents of the Zone. There were discussed mechanisms of promoting the production of the residents of SEA TDT "Tomsk” into the Indian market and also the possible variants of cooperation with RISTC.
On the same day L.I. Kornaukhova visited the company SiBSPARK. In the
course of negotiations with Anatoly I. Mamaev, director of company,
there was reached the agreement that the information about developments
of his company that are ready for commercialization would be used on the
portal of technology transfer RusInTrans, created by RISTC.
In the Institute of Petroleum Chemistry, Siberian Division of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Tomsk Science Campus, L.I. Kornaukhova conducted negotiations with Liubov K. Altunina, director of the Institute. As the result the sides also reached the agreement to place the information about implemented new technologies of the institute on the portal RusInTrans.
The recent scientific developments, experience of successful cooperation that was shared by the specialists and participants of the event, new business contacts – all this will provide the basis for progress of Russian-Indian Scientific and technological cooperation.