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India signs N-research deal with Canadian agency

September 28, 2007 09:18 IST

India has signed an agreement with the Canadian Light Source and the University of Saskatchewan to promote synchrotron research, a high tech area of nuclear research.

The agreement opens the way to explore joint projects between Indian and Canadian researchers in synchrotron science, including materials research, earth and environmental sciences, and biomedical and life sciences.

The Letter of Intent was signed by Scientific Secretary to India's Principal Scientific Adviser S K Sikka, CLS Executive Director William Tomlinson and University of Saskatchewan President Peter MacKinnon in Ottawa on Thursday.

"We are very pleased to enter into this partnership with the Canadian Light Source," Sikka said adding, "the opportunities for discovery that will come from this collaboration will be of great benefit to both countries."

Indian High Commissioner to Canada R L Narayan said the agreement was yet another milestone in the ongoing bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

"This agreement is an excellent bridge between the synchrotron science communities of Canada and India," Tomlinson said.

India is increasing its investment in synchrotron science, including the INDUS-2 synchrotron at the Raja Ramana Centre for Advanced Technology.

A delegation led by Sikka is currently visiting the CLS and University of Saskatchewan.

The CLS, located on the University of Saskatchewan campus in Saskatoonis, is Canada's national centre for synchrotron research.

The CLS is a powerful tool for academic and industrial research in a wide variety of areas including environmental science, natural resources and energy, health and life sciences, and information and communications.

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