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R Gopalakrishnan: A pitch for academia-industry interface

Way back in the 1970s, a collaboration between academia and industry led to the patenting of a water purifier. The takeaway: Private companies can build upon publicly-funded research for national growth

R Gopalakrishnan 

R Gopalakrishnan

After my February Innocolumn, I received two comments: First, could I write from my personal knowledge about an example of synergy between academia-industry; second, what exactly is a "boundary-spanning manager"? I hope to address the first question in this article and the second one in my article in April. In this article I avoid dwelling on the fascinating science, which is a vital part of the story.

I wish to focus on the evolution of the academia-industry interface and the denouement of events. On July 22, 1976, New Scientist wrote a report about a cement factory in Banda ...

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First Published: Thu, March 03 2016. 21:48 IST
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