Trilateral collaboration in Science and Technology
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the National
Institute of Advanced Industrial Science (AIST), Japan, the 7th
innovation centre worldwide according to Thomson Reuters list of Top 25
Innovation Centres, Department of Biotechnology (DBT), India and
University of Sri Jayewardenepura leading to a trilateral collaboration
in Science and Technology between Japan, India and Sri Lanka. The MOU
was signed by Dr. Yoshihiro, OHMIYA, Director, Biomedical Research
Institute (BMRI), AIST(One of the largest research organisations in
Japan) and Prof Sampath Amarathunga, The Vice Chancellor of (SJP);
while, Dr. Sunil Kaul, Chief Senior Research Scientist, AIST, Prof.
Ranil de Silva Director, World Class University Project-2014, and the
Japanese Ambassador Kenichi Suganuma signed as the witness. This
initiative is the result of the long lasting academic collaborations of
Prof Ranil de Silva with Dr. Sunil Kaul.
From left: Dr. Renu Wadhwa, Prime Senior Researcher, BMRI,
Japan; Dr. Sunil Kaul, Chief Senior Research Scientist, AIST,
Japan; Ambassador of Japan to Sri Lanka Kenichi Suganuma;
Dr. Yoshihiro Ohmiya, Director, BMRI, AIST, Japan; Prof.
Sampath Amaratunga, Vice Chancellor, SJP; Prof. Ranil de
Silva, Director, World Class University Project, SJP; Sri C.
P. Goyal, Joint Secretary, DBT, Ministry of Science
andTechnology , India; Mr. Niteen Yeola, Second Secretary,
Economic and Commercial Wing, Indian High Commission,
Visiting delegates from AIST, Japan and the Department of
Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, India who were
present at the occasion were;.Dr. Yoshihiro OHMIYA, Director, BMRI, AIST,
Japan, Dr. Yoshiaki ONISHI, Deputy-Director, AIST, Japan, Dr. Sunil Kaul,
Chief Senior Research Scientist, AIST, Japan, Prof. Renu Wadhwa, Prime
Senior Researcher, BMRI, Japan,. Sri C. P. Goyal, Joint Secretary,(DBT),
Ministry of Science & Technology, India, and Prof. Vijay
Raghavan,Secretary, DBT, Ministry of ST, India - (through Skype
The event was a stepping stone to link the industry and academia
promoting multi-disciplinary and innovative research where the two
institutes will cooperate for education and research, training young
generation, execute basic and applied research on unravelling the
functionality of original natural produce (tea and cinnamon) of :Sri
Lanka, for health care and cure and enroll industry to develop evidence
- based functional food, health supplements and alternative medicine.
Prof Ranil de Silva, Coordinator, [email protected] and Director,
Interdisciplinary Centre for Innovation in Biotechnology and
Neuroscience of SJP has initiated a multi-disciplinary and multi centre:
study with the University of Kelaniya, the Ministry of Primary
Industries and the Spice Council along with AIST, Japan, DBT, India to
the study the potential protective role of cinnamon in health, leading
to product development.
The proposed research project is aimed at promoting Ceylon cinnamon
and its species through its health properties based value-added products
which will immensely benefit not only the thousands of patients through
personalised medicine and pharmaceutical manufacturers, but also the
millions of people employed in the cinnamon industry in Sri Lanka.
Nevertheless, scientifically proven health benefits of the proposed
study will make a substantial contribution towards enhancing the global
marketability of cinnamon at a time when the local cinnamon industry
needed it the most, the Spice Council, the Ministry of Primary
Industries and the cinnamon industry at large could capitalize on the
project results for marketing cinnamon on the basis of 'health
benefits'- and 'value addition"'
AIST focuses on the creation and practical realisation of
technologies useful to Japanese industry and society, and bridging the
gap between innovative technological seeds and commercialisation.
AIST is organised into five departments and two centres that bring
together core technologies to exert its comprehensive strength, will
help to reinforce economic and academic ties on an innovative platform
with Sri Lanka, Japan, and India.