C-DAC to be partner in int’l alliance with BRICS nations

Sakal Times
Monday, 16 April 2018

India will be finding solutions for environment conservation, disaster management, cyber crime, precision medicine, etc, along with Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS), with the help of advanced computational 
capabilities.

Pune: India will be finding solutions for environment conservation, disaster management, cyber crime, precision medicine, etc, along with Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS), with the help of advanced computational 
capabilities.

“And Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) will be one of the partner institutions in the multi-national technology venture,” said Director General Hemant Darbari here on Wednesday.

The announcement of the decision was done during a three-day meet of BRICS representatives where  they deliberated on the effective use of High Performance Computing (HPC) and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in devising smart solutions for the numerous common problems shared by BRICS nations.

Along with Indian scientists, there were in all 20 international delegates from Brazil and Russia present at the 2nd BRICS Working Group (WG) meet hosted during April 10–12. Representatives from South Africa and China could not attend this meeting.

Department of Science and Technology (DST) of Government of India is the nodal agency for the country and will be funding all the projects, once they are finalised.

“The BRICS members will work towards advanced precision medicine and public healthcare, precision farming, disaster management, cyber crime, HPC and big data analysis for sustainable development with focus on climate and pollution, integrated knowledge spaces among the several areas that have been collectively identified,” said Darbari.

Milind Kulkarni, Scientist G, DST, said, “India has made significant improvements in the field of science and technology, which is at par with its international counterparts. “Earlier, India was dependent on the grants awarded on project basis, but, in last four to five years, we have been working on several joint projects with equal contributions made by the participating country. In case of the alliance with BRICS countries, each nation will self-fund their own projects and the amount will be approved by all member nations,” said Kulkarni. 

“While this international partnership deals with both research an application-based technologies, the countries will share their knowledge and expertise and initiate the co-lateral works too. Like, if Brazil is known for its precision farming and India will be keen to adopt their methods. Similarly, we will be demonstrating our expertise in HPC and ICT,” said Darbari. 

In the maiden meet held in China in April 2017, scientists from Raman Research Institute (RRI) had discussed potential of photonics. Subsequent to this meeting, a project in smart manufacturing with India, China and Brazil was approved in aerospace engineering, which is presently underway in IIT-Bombay. The WG, which meets once every year, will next meet in China in 2018.
 

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