Monash University has signed individual Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) with the Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IITH) and the International Centre for Excellence in Mining Safety and Automation (iCEM) in Gujarat, India, which will bring Monash research and innovation into the mining and mineral development sector in India.
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.
Professor Susan Elliott AM, Monash University’s Interim President and Vice-Chancellor, said the strategic partnerships will foster innovation and knowledge exchange between Australia and India for global benefit.
“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,” said Professor Elliott.
“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 Hon. Jason Clare MP, Minister for Education, Australia; the Hon. Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Education and Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, India; Secretary Higher Education, Govt. India, Shri K Sanjay Murthy, IAS; and the Australian High Commissioner to India, H.E. Philip Green OAM.