Indian ICT and Biotech sector EIRC ‘s current Projects EIRC co-organized EUINEC Training Programme News Events Did You Know?
Issue #7 Jan - Apr 2010
Indian ICT and Biotech sector – Moving up R&D value chain

Indian ICT industry – Has played a key role in putting India on the global map. According to the National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM), the apex body for software services in India, the revenue of the information technology sector has risen from 1.2 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP) in FY 1997-98 to an estimated 5.8 per cent in FY 2008-09. India, the primary global off shoring destination for low-end back-office services earlier, is now emerging as an innovation and research hub.
Emergence of Indian ICT multinationals:

  • Indian ICT firms gaining a global foothold, with giants like TCS, Wipro, Infosys and Satyam expanding their overseas presence, particularly in Asia and Europe.
  • Expansion of global footprint by Indian ICT companies through the Global Delivery Model (GDM), to service client needs seamlessly across the globe.

Government has set up the National Taskforce on Information Technology and Software Development with the objective of framing a long term National IT Policy for the country. Government has enacted the Information Technology Act, which provides a legal framework to facilitate electronic commerce and electronic transactions.

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Indian biotechnology industry – Is one of the fastest growing knowledge-based sectors in India and is expected to play a key role in shaping India's rapidly developing economy. Currently, India holds two per cent share of the global market. With numerous comparative advantages in terms of research and development (R&D) facilities, knowledge, skills, and cost effectiveness, the biotechnology industry in India has immense potential to emerge as a global key player. According to an industry survey, carried out by the Association of Biotech Led Enterprises (ABLE), the biotechnology industry in India has notched up a growth of 18 per cent during 2008-09, earning revenues of US$ 2.67 billion. India is ranked among the top 12 biotech destinations in the world and is the third biggest in the Asia-Pacific region in terms of the number of biotech companies, according to a report by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and consultancy firm KPMG. India is already being globally recognized as a manufacturer of economical, high quality bulk drugs and formulations. With a huge base of talented, skilled and cost-competitive manpower, and a well-developed scientific infrastructure, India has great potential to become a leading global player in biotechnology.

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EIRC‘s current Projects

EIRC’s participation in the FP7 Projects has been growing steadily. Some of the running projects of EIRC are given here in table:

Project Acronym Project Title Challenge area logo
Synchroniser Synchronising the Research Policy Dialogue to the Indian Dimension FP7-ICT-2009.9.1: International Cooperation – target outcome (a) synchroniser
India Gate INcreasing the DIAlogue between India and Europe by ImprovinG EU Awareness and Access to Indian Research and Innovation TEchnology Programmes Supporting the EU access to third country programmes (FP7-INCO-2009- 5, (ACCESS4EU) India Gate
NAMASTE – India New Advances in the integrated Management of food processing wAste in India and Europe: use of Sustainable Technologies for the Exploitation of by-products into new foods and feeds KBBE-2009-2-7-02: Valorisation of by-products in food processing Namaste

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EIRC co-organized the EUINEC Training Programme

EIRC co-organized the EUINEC (European Union and India Enhanced Cooperation) FP7 training event in Bangalore on 2nd February 2010 at Dayananda Sagar Institution (DSI). The focus of the training was on the ICT and Energy sectors. The main aim of this training Programme was to create awareness about Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). EIRC was responsible in brining more than 75 delegates from both industry and academia to participate in the training event.

The EUINEC training programme consisted of morning session and afternoon session. The morning session began with the inaugural function and then moved to the general session wherein experts from Europe and India explained on the FP7 Programme (eligibility criteria, funding schemes etc); Participation rules (opportunities); Project proposal development (tips on FP7 proposal development, basic rules etc); Partner Search (how to get involved, Indian experience in European FP7 projects in both ICT and Energy areas etc). The afternoon session focused on the IPR issues (how to protect intellectual property rights), financial issues in FP7, FP7 project management (financial reporting, technical reporting).

The training programme gave participants hands on approach on the procedures of research proposal development, from call identification to proposal submission, including financial issues and how to cooperate for European funding. The training programme was concluded by the conducting FP7 quiz and collecting feedback forms from all the delegates in order to assess the success of the event.

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Did You Know
Strategic Indo-Swedish Cooperative Research Programme in the field of Embedded Systems 2010

Department of Science and Technology, Government of India (DST) and the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems (VINNOVA) have agreed to launch a joint call for proposals during 2010 to promote Indo-Swedish research cooperation in the field of embedded systems. DST and VINNOVA have invited Indian and Swedish researchers to submit joint project applications for cooperative research projects. The goal of the programme is to support long-term industry-relevant Indo-Swedish research collaboration in the field of embedded systems. The approach is to establish and strengthen collaborative research networks between India and Sweden by funding joint research projects, exchange visits and technical missions.

India Austria Scientific Technological Cooperation

The programme for Scientific and Technological Co-operation is supported by the Federal Ministry of Science and Research (BMWF) on the Austrian part and by the Indian Department of Science & Technology (DST) of Ministry of Science & Technology on the Indian part. The aim is to intensify the scientific co-operation between the two countries through promotion and support of mobility of scientists in the framework of bilateral scientific co-operation projects. Areas for Cooperation include all fields of natural / engineering sciences and technology (except social and behavioural sciences).

Indo-Norwegian Joint Research Project

The Agreement of Cooperation in Science & Technology concluded between Government of India and the Government of Norway, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) of the Government of India and the Research Council of Norway (RCN) have started a programme for joint funding of Indian-Norwegian joint research projects in mutually agreed fields to achieve world-class scientific results. Norwegian funding is part of the RCN INDNOR research programme. DST and RCN invite Indian and Norwegian scientists / researchers to submit proposals for cooperative research projects in the following research fields: Climate research including CCS (carbon capture and storage); Renewable energy including solar energy; Geotechnology and early warning systems for geohazards; Nano-science/ technology related to renewable energy.

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a) Network of National Contact Points (NCPs)
NCP in India operates through Indian Research Support Network which has been nominated for ICT thematic area by Department of Information Technology (DIT). It is composed of 3 main organisations namely:
National Contact Points are the main structure to provide guidance, practical information and assistance on all aspects of participation in Seventh framework programme.
It is supported by Euro India Research centre (EIRC) in all activities to enhance collaborative research between European and Indian organisations
b) EIRC services
The following are the services offered by EIRC:
  • Introduction into Frame work Programme
  • Roadmapping: Charting organizational competencies against FP priorities
  • Benchmarking of project ideas against relevant past and current frontier research
  • Conducting training and workshops
  • External assistance to proposal writing
  • Project partner search
  • Consulting on the programme
  • Networking
  • Project management.
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To keep you informed on the facilitation between Indian and EU organistaions to conduct Joint R&D in ICT sector visit EIRC website (www.euroindiaresearch.org).

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