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Australia keen on space partnership with IISc

Sept 02, 2016, Times of India

BENGALURU: Keen on expanding its footprint in space and space-related research and technology, Australia, which had signed an MoU with the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) only four years ago, is now talking to academia in India.

For the first time, a delegation comprising members of the Australian space industry, met scientists at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) on Thursday. Sources in the IISc said that the teams discussed a variety of issues, including student and faculty exchange.

Confirming the meeting, Australian Consul-General Sean Kelly told TOI: "While some universities in Australia have been in touch with some scientists at IISc, this is the first time a formal delegations has had a meeting."

Stating that the IISc has been a strong partner in the field of science, he said: "The institute has been the number one recipient of funds under the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund. We've been working closely with scientists here in several fields of science but we've not really explored space before."

He said Thursday's meeting discussed joint research possibilities, faculty-exchange, academic partnerships among other things. "IISc has also expressed its interest. The next few months will tell us what exactly can materialise," he said.

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