The Energy and Resources Institute, TERI and Deakin University, Australia have entered into a MoU to establish Centre of Excellence, the TERI-Deakin Nano Biotechnology Research Centre in the field of Nano Biotechnology in India. The initiative is expected to bridge the gap between industry and academia through research and collaboration of world leading experts, which could enable efficiency, effectiveness and provide solutions for a sustainable future through the utilization of biotechnology. The TERI- Deakin Nano Biotechnology Research Centre will bring to the fore Deakin’s expertise in the design and characterization of novel nanomaterials while TERI’s Biotechnology and Management of Bioresource Division (BMBD) will bring their wealth of experience in biotech applications in pharmacology, food, agriculture and environmental areas.
The centre will be located at TERI Gram, Gurgaon and envisages that within five years the centre will have approximately 70 researchers including 50 PhD students enrolled at Deakin and co-supervised by Deakin and TERI practitioners.
Professor Den Hollander Vice-Chancellor and President of Deakin University was excited as well about this partnership and said, ‘Alfred Deakin first recognized the possibilities of India and Australia working together nearly 120 years ago….’
Understanding the physico-chemical interactions of various molecular materials and their behavior in biological systems presents a range of exciting research problems within ‘bio-nanotechnology’ that the new TERI-Deakin research centre aims to address. This technology is viewed to go a long way in helping a country’s food security issue, provide benefits in the area of health as well as addres environmental issues. There is substantial interest across India in this new field of research as well as in Australia. More prominently, the initiative intends to aim and address areas of mutual interests.