India and Russia will now take forward the collaborative science programmes to new areas like ocean research, gas hydrides for energy security and nanotechnology and work for transfer of technology for industry. The research in the emerging areas would help India achieve energy security and use technology for the benefit of the public.


Prof C N R Rao, co-chairman of the Integrated Long Term Programmes (ILTP) of cooperation in science and technology between India and Russia said "We are now giving a new thrust to our partnership with Russia in the area of science and technology. The focus will be involving industry in this drive so that the benefit of technology reaches the public. But now we will focus on emerging areas like marine research that include exploration of gas hydrates which is potential sources of energy. The other areas are silicon technology and nanotechnology." The gas hydrates could be century's next biggest energy find as reservoirs of such compound have been found and studied all over the world.

"But the gas hydrates is available on about two to three km below the ocean surface. We do not have technology to explore this resource. The collaboration with Russia will help us to get the technology and explore the hydrates and other mineral resources below the ocean surface," said Rao who is also the chairman of scientific advisory council to the Prime Minister at the 15th session of ILTP.

India and Russia started joint research projects under ILTP in 1987. Over 500 projects have been undertaken under the joint mechanism since then.