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Sustainable cities and the challenges of urbanisation in India

By Dr Nafees Meah, Director, RCUK India India has been described as a ‘reluctant urbaniser’. In 2001, the percentage of the population living in urban areas was estimated to be 28 per cent. Ten years later, it is little more than 30 per cent. This is despite the explosive growth of megacities such as Delhi, […]

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UK-India Partnership: Manufacturing and the Low Carbon Future

By Dr Nafees Meah, Director, RCUK India   Manufacturing is undergoing a renaissance in Britain.  It may come as a surprise to some, but the UK is at the leading edge of research and innovation in manufacturing technologies.   The UK is also at the forefront of research and development on how we can transform our energy […]

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Centre for Ecology and Hydrology visit India

By Dr Nafees Meah, Director RCUK India. I joined Professor Mark Bailey, the Director of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), and Professor Alan Jenkins, the Deputy Director, on their recent travels around India.  They had taken five days out of their very busy schedules to come to India. CEH is a NERC Centre […]

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UK- India research and innovation collaboration gets big fillip from PM summit

By Dr Nafees Meah, Director RCUK India. This has been a truly tremendous week for the Indo-UK research partnership.  UK Prime Minister David Cameron came to India on 18th February with the largest business and academic delegation ever to accompany a British Prime Minister.  That’s not counting four Ministers and a cross-party group of British […]

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UK must not close its doors to skilled researchers

By Dr Sophie Laurie, Head of RCUK International. Last August the Government asked the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to review the shortage occupation list; occupations where the UK currently lacks skilled workers. Usually, employers recruiting outside the EEA are required to complete a test to demonstrate that there is no suitable settled worker, but this […]

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India’s new 12th Five Year Plan – Faster, More Inclusive and Sustainable Growth

By Dr Nafees Meah, Director RCUK India. The Planning Commission in India has been producing Five Year Plans since 1951.  These Plans set the strategic direction for the Government of India for the following five years.  In December 2012, the Planning Commission published the near final draft 12th Five Year Plan – Faster, More Inclusive […]

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RCUK celebrated five years of UK-China research success

By Dr Alicia Greated, Director RCUK China. This week over 100 UK and Chinese delegates attended the event ‘RCUK China – Five Years and Beyond’ in Beijing, to celebrate the fifth anniversary of RCUK China. Delegates heard about current successful RCUK-China collaborations and contributed to discussions to scope future areas for collaborative RCUK-China activity. A […]

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