While attending a two-day event at the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) on May 26, 2022, Anna Lekvall, consul general of Sweden, Mumbai said that Sweden’s arms were always open to Indian students.
This was a response when Lekvall was asked about the large number of Ukraine-returned Indian students who are now hoping to get admission into European universities.
Lekvall spoke on the first day of the 'Indo-Nordic round economic system and bio-economy workshop' at SPPU. NordicsInIndia, in partnership with the Nordic Centre in India, organised the two-day event.
The NordicsInIndia has proposed to engage Nordic delegations (researchers, businesses, and policymakers) in two Indian cities, specifically Pune and Bangalore, which are centrally located in terms of India's transition to 'green.'
They are holding this theme-based workshop in partnership with Indian stakeholders under a sustainable, circular, and bio-based financial system. The invited parties include government bodies (such as the city development division and municipal business), major corporations, and key research and technological institutes with the goal of establishing relationships and joint innovation and research assignments.
The mission NordicsInIndia's coordinator, Dr Maan Singh Sidhu, stated that the two-day workshop will also address the critical need to establish research collaborations between leading research agencies and universities from Nordic countries and India in order to develop next-generation circular economy solutions and added value for society that can be tested in local conditions.
Arne Jan Flølo, Norway's Consul General in Mumbai, stated that the entire planet is encountering global climate and environmental concerns that require collaboration to address. Renewable energy and green electric value chains are one important aspect.
Flølo added that all of us must collectively create and implement innovative solutions and technology. Norwegian technology companies are educating Maharashtra decision-makers on solid and liquid waste management. There are also pilot programmes on construction waste utilisation.
Furthermore, Dr Jakob Williams Oerberg, Counselor - Innovation, Research and Higher Education, Royal Danish Embassy, New Delhi, said that the world is facing a two-fold global crisis: climate change and an unsustainable global food system.
The collaboration between India and the Nordic countries will be critical to finding global solutions. Danish scientists and technology providers will collaborate with India's world-class scientists and the most sophisticated Indian firms to develop solutions with global implications.
They are particularly interested in collaborating with India to develop new climate-friendly meals, and green energy, and to ensure that our trash is repurposed into new useful items.
Finally, Dr Mika Tirronen, Counsellor of Education and Science at the Finnish Embassy in New Delhi, stated that the Nordic countries represent a natural cluster for cooperation on India's green transformation. They all share the same objective of a sustainable and carbon-neutral sector and have achieved significant headway in recent years. They are pioneers in numerous bio-based technical solutions, as well as climate policies and national roadmaps.
The first day of the workshop was held at the SPPU in Pune, and the second day will be held on May 27, 2022, at the Bangalore Bio-innovation Centre in Bangalore.
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Source: The Hindustan Times