Updated on 3 April 2014
Q: How do you look at Australia and India on academic and Industry level collaborations?
Dr Pachauri: We have great deal of similarity in interests. There is a growing strategic partnership which is barely a reflection of global developments. There are a huge number of Australians who have migrated to Australia. We have a sizable diaspora there raising plenty of opportunities to collaborate which I hope would be mutually beneficial.
Dr Hollander: I think we have good understanding with each other. We both are democracies and the language also has not been a barrier.
Q: Please outline what are your long term expectations from this centre?
Dr Hollander: We expect the centre to help providing practical solutions to health and farming by making the drugs affordable and the farmer self sufficient respectively. It is important to find ways to commercialize the technologies and put it to the people or communities below poverty line.
Dr Pachauri: TERI is a very application oriented organization. We don't get any support from anywhere. Whatever we get has to have a promise of delivering something that is beneficial for society. I certainly think that the area of health is a matter of serious concern in India. Nanobiotechnology has potential to create solutions. We are going to soo also have an arrangement with a leading group for setting up a hospital. The initiative is in tune with our conscious as institute that works to neutralize the impact of climate on health.
Q: How do you look at the funding scenario? Do we require more?
Dr Pachauri: Two things that are that we need to do is to depoliticise the science and lay down some funding rules.