CEEW organised a discussion on 'India-Russia Cooperation in Innovation and Technology' with the Skolkovo Foundation and a High Level Russian Delegation to India. Skolkovo Foundation has been established on the initiative of the President of the Russian Federation and operates according to its special mandate under the auspices of the Russian Government. Its overarching goal is to create a sustainable ecosystem of entrepreneurship and innovation, engendering start up culture, encouraging venture capitalism and fostering research and development. Mr Victor Vekselberg led a delegation of top officials from Russian Government to India, including three Deputy Ministers (for economic development, finance and education), from academia and from the private sector.
Some of the key speakers at the discussion included Mr Suresh Prabhu (Chaiperson, CEEW), Mr V K Saraswat (Former Director General, DRDO),Mr Povalko Alexander (Deputy Minister for Education, Russian Federation ), Fomichev Oleg (Deputy Minister for Economic Development, Russian Federation), Dr Arunabha Ghosh (CEO, CEEW), Mr Chinmaya Kumar Acharya (Chief of Programmes, Shakti Sustainable Foundation), and Mr Suresh Babu (Director: Water Policy and River Basins, WWF)
A key highlight of the discussion were the thematic breakout sessions discussing cooperation and innovation in:
- Energy (Hydrocarbons, Renewables, Nuclear and Efficiency)
- Smart Agriculture (Best practices from India)
- Water (Water management and measurement)
Some of the interesting thoughts exchanged during the discussion have been highlighted below