Indian and Welsh scientists meet to discuss circular economy

03 June 2024 15:47


New Delhi/Bengaluru/Mumbai - Top Indian and Welsh scientists recently convened to discuss circular economies, medical technologies, and agricultural innovations. The discussions were part of the Wales in India 2024, an effort to promote ties between the two countries.

Chief Scientific Advisor for Wales Jas Pal Badyal recently visited New Delhi, Bengaluru, and Mumbai to promote scientific cooperation between India and the British region.

Among the highlights of Badyal’s visit was meeting India’s Principal Scientific Advisor Ajay K Sood. Their talks included potential ways to cooperate more closely on promoting circular economies that reduce extraction of virgin materials that emit greenhouse gases and cause climate change as well as medical and agricultural technologies.

“We discussed…Wales’ world-class circular economy sectors and where we might be able to benefit each other in future,” said Badyal in a May 30 press release. “Protection of the environment is one of the most significant challenges facing humanity today.”

Badyal and Sood agreed that both sides could expand their collaborations in green and renewable energy, biodiversity, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, semiconductors, and digital transformations in skill development. They hoped to work more closely on research and development while fostering more investment in recycling and reusing materials.

“Today’s exchange with Professor Badyal will further deepen the engagement between India and Wales on the matters of mutual scientific interest,” Sood said. “I laud the efforts made by Wales in the circular economy model – we have so much in common to increase our exchanges on this matter.

These efforts would build on current collaborations. The Welsh government, for example, is now working closely with the Indian state of Maharashtra on an Indian version of Wales’ Wellbeing of Future Generations Act, a rare example of legislation that compels government to consider the long-term impacts of policies on citizens, a March 1 press release explained. ce/jd

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