Energy surplus Himachal most suitable state for research & innovation: Butail at UK-India Research Partnership event

SHIMLA- An event, ‘Inspiring Change: Impact of UK-India Research Partnership’, organized by British British High Commission and Research Council UK, was held on Thursday, at the Hotel J W Marriott, Chandigarh. The showcase event highlighted and emphasized on collaborative research work being carried by India and UK.

Gokul Butail,IT Advisor to Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, also attended the event as a Special Guest & Speaker.

Mr. David Lelliott, British Deputy High Commissioner, highlighted the importance of UK-India Partnership & Dr Nafees Meah, Director RCUK India, informed that between January 2010 and January 2015, RCUK and the Government of India have together invested over £150 million in joint research programmes supporting over 80 projects and including over 90 industry partners.

The research disciplines broadly included sustainable cities and urbanization, energy-water-food nexus, public health and well-being and high value manufacturing (HVM).

Gokul Butail, emphasized on the importance of innovation and research in every field moving forward, and drew attention on how the environment of Himachal Pradesh is most suitable in the country for innovation.

Butail stressed that Himachal is an energy surplus state that offers clean, pollution free climate and abundance of skilled human resource that are vital to foster any innovation. Butail said that the State Government is keen to partner with innovation councils & research organizations from UK in agriculture, tourism and Information & Technology sector to propel growth.

Inspirational Speaker and Author, Mr Vivek Atray, Director of Industries, Government of Haryana, was also present and later spoke on the occasion.

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