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Two Indo-British teams win Rs 1.7-crore Newton Award

It is the first award under the Newton Fund that was launched in 2014 to promote research collaboration between UK and 18 partner countries.

science Updated: Nov 01, 2017 22:15 IST
Malavika Vyawahare
Malavika Vyawahare
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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UK Science Minister Jo Johnson with the winners of the Newton Prize.(UK in India/ Twitter)

Two Indo-British teams of scientists – one which developed a portable device to monitor maternal health and another that worked on producing solar energy more efficiently won the first ever Newton Award on Wednesday.

At a function in New Delhi, both teams were awarded £200,000 or Rs 1.7 crore to fund further research. It was the first ever award under the Newton Fund.

The Newton Fund was launched in 2014 to promote research collaboration between UK and 18 partner countries. Every year till 2021, a minimum of five Newton-funded projects will receive the award.

Research on the CRADLE Vital Signs Alert (VSA), a portable hand-held device capable of measuring blood pressure and pulse, detecting hypertension and circulatory shock, was led by Andrew Shennan, a scientist based in London. He collaborated with Shivaprasad Goudar, professor at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College in Belgaum, Karnataka, to promote its use in India.

The solar project was a joint project between Hari Upadhyaya, from Brunel University and Viresh Dutta of the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi. The aim is for more efficient solar power generation by improving perovskite solar cells.

Ahead of the award ceremony, India’s science and technology minister Harsh Vardhan met Britain’s minister of state for science, research and innovation, Jo Johnson to review progress under the Newton-Bhabha programme, a partnership in the areas of science, technology and innovation.

“Harnessing science and technology for a better future of our people is the new spirit which drives the present Indo-UK cooperation,” Harsh Vardhan said about the Newton Bhabha programme.

The award function also saw the release of the antibacterial resistance (ABR) report to mark the launch of a virtual research centre that will promote collaborative work between Indian and UK scientists on antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

First Published: Nov 01, 2017 22:15 IST