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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Science and Technology in India

Dr. R A Mashelkar, the President of the Indian National Science academy visited Finland this month and spoke at a seminar arranged by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and the Ministry of Trade and Industry. The theme of the seminar: "Economic globalisation is neither a new nor transient phenomenon. It is here to stay. How, and on what grounds, will multinationals operate and relocate their production and R&D? What kinds of challenges will this trend present to the industrial and innovation policies of small, open economies such as Finland? And what kinds of opportunities for co-operation will globalisation create between industrialised and emerging countries?"
  • Going Globla 2006 Seminar
  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • Ministery of Trade and Industry of Finland
  • Press Release
  • CSIR News
Dr. A. Mashelkar, Government of India, Department of S & T, New Delhi, India, visited Finland and spoke about the goals of the Indian society in the fields of Science and Technology. Finland is a knowledge-based small open economy with a small population compared to India. Read his presentation here.

I found a statement from a South Asian Science Policy Forum. Dr R. A. Mahelkar spoke about the exciting paradigm shift in the dynamics of human capital in the world and India's relative positioning in such scenario. "These are very exciting times for Science in India and with a 37% rise in budget allocated to Scientific Research this year, the highest ever in the post independence India we are going places" Mashelkar added.

He was mapping India's tremendous growth and potential in the field of R&D. "In the last five to six years, more than 150 international companies have set up their R&D labs in the country and that India's current share of intellectual capital is the highest in the world at present at 31.7 percent. The focus though has to be on improving the 2 percent productivity of this share out of the total intellectual productivity of the world," Mashelkar added.

There was a story about his visit in Finnsih Helsingin Sanomat:
  • Over one billion population
  • The One percent super talented ratio leads to
  • Over 10 million highly intelligent in India
  • Finland with five million population only has 50 000 super talented
  • GE has 5 000 product developers in India
  • Intel has 2 900 product developers in India
  • Bosch has 2 000 product developers in India
  • Motorola 1 500
  • Nokia has over 2 000 employees at their unit in Chennai
  • Dr. Mahelkar expects that Nokia will locate R&D in India as well
  • Companies start with production and add R&D later
The International Going Global Conference to Analyse Challenges Presented by Globalisation to the Information Society 15.9.2006 15:40. Going Global 2006: The Challenges for Knowledge-Based Economies 21–22 September.

Economic globalisation is neither a new nor transient phenomenon. It is here to stay. How, and on what grounds, will multinationals operate and relocate their production and R&D? What kinds of challenges will this trend present to the industrial and innovation policies of advanced economies such as Finland? What kinds of opportunities for co-operation will globalisation open up between industrialised and emerging countries? These issues will be discussed in a briefing held in connection with the Going Global: The Challenges for Knowledge-Based Economies conference in Helsinki.

In the briefing, you will hear views of the latest developments from two international experts, Dr. R.A Mashelkar, Director General of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, India, and Professor David Audretsch, Director of the Max Planck Institute of Economics. On behalf of the organisers, Sakari Immonen, Industrial Counsellor, and Torsti Loikkanen, Research Manager, will answer any questions. Representatives of the media are welcome to this briefing at 1.00–2.00 p.m. on 21 September 2006. Venue: Marina Congress Center, Katajanokanlaituri 6, 2nd floor, conference room Baltica. Complimentary lunch.

Speakers:
  • Sakari Immonen, Industrial Counsellor, Technology Department/Technology Policy, Ministry of Trade and Industry
  • Torsti Loikkanen, Research Manager, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland/Innovation Research
  • The Indian perspective: Dr. R. A. Mashelkar, Director General, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research CSIR (India)
  • The perspective of companies and economic growth: Professor Dr. David Audretsch, Max Planck Institute of Economics.
  • Registration for the briefing and participation in the conference
  • Representatives of the media are also welcome to attend the sessions of the Going Global conference. This is free of charge but requires registration in advance.
  • Please register for the briefing and conference sessions by 1.00 p.m. on 20 September
  • Satu Ikäheimo, Communications Officer, Ministry of Trade and Industry, satu.ikaheimo@ktm.fi, tel. +358 (0)50 431 6519
  • Requests for interviews of conference session speakers should be submitted in advance to Satu Ikäheimo, Communications Officer, Ministry of Trade and Industry, tel. +358 (0)50 431 6519, satu.ikaheimo@ktm.fi
  • Sirpa Posti, Media Planner, VTT, tel. +358 (0)40 735 4393, sirpa.posti@vtt.fi
During the conference, the Conference Info on the 2nd floor of Marina Congress Center will also take requests for interviews. The Going Global 2006 conference is one of the events during Finland’s EU Presidency organised by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland under the auspices of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, European Commission and the EU’s Six Countries Programme. For more information, please contact:
  • Torsti Loikkanen, Customer Manager, VTT, tel. +358 (0)20 722 4250
  • Sakari Immonen, Industrial Counsellor, Ministry of Trade and Industry, tel. +358 (09) 1606 3665
  • http://goingglobal2006.vtt.fi/
Marina Congress Center. The Scandic Marina Congress Center is a member of the international Hilton Group. It is located within easy walking distance from Helsinki city centre.

Katajanokanlaituri 6
00160 Helsinki, Finland
Telephone: +358 (0)9 16661
Fax: +358 (0)9 664 764
www.marinacongresscenter.com


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