The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) of India and Deakin University in Australia will undergo a major expansion.
Announcing the expansion, Jane den Hollander, vice-chancellor , Deakin University and Rajendra K Pachauri, director-general TERI, said that a new research centre would be set up. The TERI-Deakin Nano Biotechnology Research Centre (TDNBC ) would be housed in a new facility in Gual Pahari, Gurgaon.
The centre will focus on high-end research capable of providing solutions to some of the critical problems. Currently, TD-NBC is home to 19 fulltime research scientists, project associates and technicians with varied expertise as well as 13 PhD students. The new facility will be built on a one-hectare site and comprise an industry incubation centre. The centre has secured 10 research projects with additional contribution of 1.3 million AU$, which fully meets, or even exceeds the capacity of the current facility . With almost equal investments from TERI and Deakin equating to around AU$ 10 million, the new infrastructure will be operational by 2015, with the capacity to accommodate the envisaged 100-plus researchers, including 50 PhD students, co-supervised by TERI and Deakin.
Pachauri and Hollander also announced the first presence of TERI in Australia. “At Deakin we are strongly committed to creating job opportunities through new partnerships between education, research and industry . Expanding our partnership with TERI in our home state of Victoria will enable us to develop the partnerships and scientific capacity that will benefit the people of India and Australia alike,” she said.