Monash University is looking to bring its research and innovation into the mining and mineral development sector in India through the signing of two Memorandum of Understandings (MOU) with Indian organisations. 

The university signed the individual MOUs with the Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IITH) and the International Centre for Excellence in Mining Safety and Automation (iCEM) in Gujarat. 

The Australia-India Critical Minerals Research Hub will foster collaborative research activities between researchers and industry leaders from both India and Australia, focusing on critical aspects of mineral exploration, extraction, processing and recycling.

Monash University’s Interim President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Susan Elliott, said that the strategic partnerships will foster innovation and knowledge exchange between Australia and India for global benefit.

Monash University’s Interim President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Susan Elliott, Federal Minister for Education, Jason Clare, Indian Minister of Education and Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, and iCEM CEO, Anupam Jalote, with the signed memorandums.

(L-R) Monash University’s Interim President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Susan Elliott, Federal Minister for Education, Jason Clare, Indian Minister of Education and Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, and iCEM CEO, Anupam Jalote, with the signed memorandums. Image credit: Monash University.

“These partnerships are another positive step towards international cooperation and sustainable developments in the critical minerals sector, increasing mining efficiency, enhancing capabilities in critical minerals, and reducing mining’s impact on climate change,” Prof Elliott said.

“iCEM’s work in renewable energy and metals make it a natural partner for the research and innovation coming out of Monash University. Together we can enhance the growth of the mining sector, helping it to become more efficient, safe and sustainable.”

The signed MOU documents were exchanged at a ceremony attended by the Federal Minister for Education, Jason Clare, Indian Minister of Education and Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, the Secretary Higher Education, Shri K Sanjay Murthy, and the Australian High Commissioner to India, H.E. Philip Green.

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