India and Cambridge University has inked a pact for early-career fellowships in the field of biotechnology. Jointly funded by the Indian government’s Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and the university, the fellowships were announced by YS Chowdary, Minister of State for Science & Technology during his recent visit to the varsity.
According to media reports, YS Chowdary, who led a delegation of eminent scientists from India to attend bilateral meetings and a worldwide conference on metallurgy last week, signed the letter of intent with the university vice-chancellor Leszek Borysiewicz.
Leszek said that they are eager to support the DBT’s plans for the development of India’s research ecosystems through closer links between universities and industry, added the report.
Biotechnology new programme includes support for research and innovation projects in collaboration with Indian partner institutions. The main objective is to establish a five-year fellowship for early-career researchers from the University of Cambridge. Academics participating in the scheme will be jointly appointed by the DBT and Cambridge.
As per the university release, the researchers will be expected to spend two years in Cambridge and three years at a partner institution in India carrying out translation research, with a focus on commercialisation and entrepreneurship.