NITI Aayog’s AIM joins hands with Australia’s science agency CSIRO
On Saturday, an official announced that India and Australia have joined forces to drive innovation in areas of national challenges and shared priorities of both countries.
Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog, and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) — Australia’s national science agency, have joined hands by signing a Letter of Intent (LoI) to encourage cooperation to drive innovation activities, a statement said.
The move came during the visit of Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to India as he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday in Delhi.
An official said that the meeting between Modi and Albanese spanned across areas of mutual interest and explored avenues of strengthening bilateral engagement in a range of critical areas with innovation as one key item.
The LoI between AIM and CSIRO calls for greater collaboration in areas of mutual interest and strategic priorities and serves as a general framework for cooperation intended to facilitate the development of more program-specific interventions.
The core of the bilateral engagement is the India-Australia Innovation and Technology Challenge (IA-ITC) — a programme envisioned to bring together the innovation ecosystems of India and Australia.
The programme intends to leverage the complementary capabilities and resources of both countries’ innovation ecosystems.
According to a statement, the IA-ITC builds on the success of the India Australia Circular Economy (IACE) hackathon 2021, which witnessed university students, start-ups, and SMEs from both India and Australia develop innovative tech-based solutions for circularity in the food system value chain.
Chintan Vaishnav, Mission Director – AIM, NITI Aayog said: “We are thrilled to partner with CSIRO on fostering innovation and co-developing the India Australia Innovation and Technology Challenge.”
“This partnership and the IA-ITC program in particular is an exciting opportunity for India and Australia to collaborate at different levels of the ecosystem involving start-ups, SMEs, business incubators and accelerators, VCs, and the industry. This will open new knowledge sharing and co-creation horizons given CSIRO’s vast experience with Science and Technology programmes.”
Jonathan Law, Executive Director – Growth, CSIRO said: “CSIRO is excited to partner with AIM and work towards solving shared global challenges. AIM has an impressive track record of fostering and leveraging world-class innovations and entrepreneurs. Jonathan further said, “We look forward to combining our strengths and expertise to create scientific breakthroughs that make a real-world social, economic, and environmental impact.”
[With Inputs from IANS]
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