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Issue #1 - January – March 2008
Euro-India R&D in ICT sector   Did you know?

The Euro India Research Centre (EIRC)* with its partners recently concluded its second round of EU India collaborative workshops in the ICT sector, in the cities of New Delhi on the January 29th and 30th and Bangalore on January 31st and February 1st 2008. The workshops commenced with the General session where experts from both EU and India made presentations on the Seventh Framework Programme, rules and regulations for participation, the currently open ICT call 3 and its opportunities for Indian organizations , partner search and the specific services offered by EIRC in this direction .

The cluster session, that then followed focused on the specific ICT areas of Digital Libraries and Content, Cognitive Systems, Interaction and Robotics, FET and NMP. There were also specific panel sessions on ‘NEM’ in New Delhi and ‘IPv6’ in Bangalore in which many eminent resource persons from EC and India were involved to discuss the future Euro-India collaboration. The workshops brought together nearly 150 delegates from large corporations, small and medium enterprises (SME’S) and the academic community.


Information Society

The information society is synonymous with what is meant by "new information and communication technologies" (ICT). Since the beginning of the 90s, the new ICT have been booming. The universal use of electronic exchanges of information, convergence towards digital technologies, the exponential growth of the Internet and the opening up of telecommunications markets are all signs of this change.

Lisbon Strategy

To compete with other major world players, the EU needs a modern efficient economy. Meeting in Lisbon in March 2000, the EU's political leaders set it a new goal: to become, within a decade, "the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world, capable of sustainable growth with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion.”


For EC co-financed projects, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) normally belong to the project participants. For projects or actions where the EC bears the full cost the property is generally the property of the Community

European Technology Platforms (ETPs)

ETPs are pan-European technology initiatives to assemble European companies, research institutions, financial bodies and regulatory authorities to define a common research agenda and mobilise a critical mass of public and private resources. Technology platforms aim to define a common medium to long-term agenda for strategic areas of research; facilitating public-private partnerships for their implementation.

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Research and Development in India – Progressing in Leaps and bounds

India is fast emerging as the “global research and research and development (R&D) hub” of the world. India’s R&D capability spans across a wide number of industry verticals namely agriculture, biotechnology, energy, nanotechnology, information technology, space, defence, automobiles, aviation, pharmaceuticals, theoretical physics, and statistics.

The last ten years have witnessed India move to a key position in the ‘knowledge and technology sector’ attracting a continuous flow of people, ideas and technologies from the world over.

India’s success can be attributed to the presence of world class institutions, a robust intellectual property regime and a rich talent pool of technical manpower available at a very competitive cost.

i) Global Majors in India

India’s natural advantage in research and development has attracted a number of International players to set their R&D base and activity in the country. Some instances of MNC s in India are: -
  • Microsoft’s largest development centre outside US based in India
  • GE’s largest research outfit outside the United States based at Bangalore (India)
  • Dell’s biggest research and development centre outside the US based at Bangalore (India)
  • The Daimler-Chrysler Research Centre in India is one of three centres outside Germany
  • SAP Labs India is the largest R&D hub and support presence for SAP outside Germany
  • Royal Shell Group’s second largest R&D centre - Shell Technology Centre – based at  Bangalore (India)
  • India – the largest R&D centre for Cambridge Silicon Radio (CSR) -- a provider of personal wireless technology -- outside the UK. CSR's customers include Apple, LG, Motorola, Nokia and a host of other consumer brands
  • Advanced Micro Devices Inc.(AMD)s  third development centre based at Bangalore (India)
  • Rolls-Royce collaborated with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, and the Imperial College of UK to work together on a new research project to develop alloys for use in 'greener' aircraft engines

Some of the other leading global players in this industry include IBM, DuPont, Monsanto, Cisco, Intel, General Motors, Astra Zeneca, Siemens, Hyundai, Delphi, Analog Devices, Hewlett Packard, Heinz and Motorola among others.

ii) Indian R&D - Promising road ahead

Industry estimates portray a positive road ahead in Indian R&D. A recent study by Batelle, the world’s largest independent R&D organization concludes that the next ten years will witness the global research and development activity being split between US, EU, and Asia--dominated by China and India--in terms of efforts, funds and activity.
Indian R&D spending has been consistently increasing over the years. According to Batelle, the world's largest independent research and development organization, total R&D expenditure has increased from (in ppp terms) US$ 36.11 billion in 2005 to US$ 38.85 billion in 2006 and US$ 41.81 billion in 2007.

Source: IBEF
ICT in India - A feather in the cap

ICT in India comprises of two key components namely manufacturing and services such as Custom Application Development and Maintenance (CADM), System Integration, IT Consulting, Application Management, Infrastructure Management Services, Software testing, Service-oriented architecture and Web services.

With revenue of US$ 40 billion, the Indian information technology sector continues to be one of the sunshine sectors of the Indian economy. With a growth figure of 30.7 per cent in 2006-07, the sector has left its global counterpart, which grew at 10 per cent, way behind. The National Association of Software Services Companies (NASSCOM) estimates revenues of US$ 49-50 billion in 2007-08 at a growth rate of 24-27 per cent.

Apart from being recognized as a great offshoring destination, India offers a market with very high returns for multinationals who are investing aggressively in India.

Indian Participation in the Sixth Framework Programme – A special Focus

The Sixth Framework Programme of the European Union witnessed a participation of Indian research institutions and organizations in nearly 80 projects across the various thematic areas of FP6 namely:-
  • Life sciences, genomics and biotechnology for health
  • Information Society Technologies
  •  Sustainable development global change and ecosystems,
  • Nanotechnologies and Nano sciences, Knowledge based multi functional materials and new production processes and devices
  •  Food quality and safety
  •  Citizens and governance in a knowledge based society
  •  Policy support and anticipating scientific technological needs and horizontal research activities involving small and medium term enterprises.
  • Research infrastructures

Some of the Indian participant organizations include:-

  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences
  • Ashoka trust for research in the Ecology and the Environment
  • Astrazenacae , Bangalore
  • Banaras Hindu University
  • Bhaba Atomic Research Centre
  • Centre for Development of Advanced Computing - Pune
  • Centre for science and environment
  • Centre for sustainable technologies
  • Department of Science and Technology
  • Interactive Technology Software and Media Association - Bangalore
  • Indian Institute of Science
  • Indian Institute of Technology – Chennai. Delhi, Kanpur, Mumbai, Roorkee
  • Indian School of Business
  • Indian Institute of Information Technology - Bangalore
  • Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • M.S. Ramiah School of Advanced Studies
  • Resource Management Group - Bangalore
  • Tata Consultancy Services
  • Tata Institute for Fundamental Studies
  • The Energy and Resources Institute
  • University of Agricultural Sciences

For a complete list of organisations, click here.

Special Focus on Past Projects:

FP6 Projects with Indian participation

FP6, the programme immediately preceding FP7, saw the participation of around 79 Indian research institutions in 71 projects across 10 thematic areas. A few of them are listed below.

Project Acronym


 Indian Organisation

India Mentor

International Co-operation Promotion







Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd


Software and Services

Indian Institute of Science.


ICT for Networked Business

Tao Knoware Private Ltd


ICT for Networked Business



ICT for Networked Business

IIT – Kanpur


Software and Serivices

Tata Institute of Fundamental Research


ICT for Environment

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

Indian Space Research Organisation


Mobile and wireless

Tata Consultancy Services



Association of Intelligent Transport Systems India (AITS)

Magnet Beyond

Mobile and wireless

Tata Consultancy Services


International Co-operation Promotion

Centre for Development and
Advanced Computing


International Co-operation Promotion





Mobile and wireless

Tata Consultancy Services

For a longer listing of past projects, click here.
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EIRC works in unison with its partners- Interactive Technology, Software and Media Association (ITSMA), International Institute of Information Technology (iiit-B), Center for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC), Resource Management Group(RMG) from India and Technical Support for European Organizations (TESEO) and Association Euresearch (EURESEARCH) from Europe.