Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s office on Wednesday informed that the Digital University of Kerala (DUK) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Universities of Oxford, Edinburgh, Manchester and Siegen for the collaboration in the field of graphene.
The MoU was signed in the presence of Vijayan and Industries Minister P Rajeeve at a meeting held abroad. A high-level delegation from the state headed by the CM is touring Europe for a few days.
Addressing the meeting, the CM said that Kerala, which opened the country’s first Digital University, has already initiated steps to establish a graphene-based industrial park.
Noting that the state government’s endeavor was to initiate industries based on next-generation technologies, he said that the present MoUs were expected to further strengthen Kerala’s capacity to develop cutting-edge research and develop an economy of knowledge in the sector.
“Kerala intends to build a world-class ecosystem for graphene,” Vijayan said, adding that organizations involved in the development of nanotechnology and future-time materials like graphene would be encouraged.
A science park would be created to support knowledge industries based on digital technology.
The DUK has already been in charge of developing the Digital Science Park as an important research and development institute in science and digital technologies, explained the CM.
Eminent physicist Andre Geim of the University of Manchester, who had shared the Nobel Prize in 2010 for discoveries related to graphene, was also present during the meeting.
Geim said the government’s initiatives in the field of graphene would help the state to be at the forefront of the industry of the future.
His disciple Rahul Nair was also present during the meeting, besides academicians representing various foreign universities and other senior officials of the state, the CMO statement added.