`France, Russia for N-collaboration with India`

France and Russia are among several other countries which are looking towards collaborating with India on nuclear power for global markets.

Last Updated: Nov 18, 2010, 21:08 PM IST

Hyderabad: France and Russia are among several other countries which are looking towards collaborating with India on nuclear power for global markets, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government R Chidambaram said on Thursday.

As a result of the Indo-US Nuclear agreement, Nuclear Supplier guidelines have undergone few changes, following which many countries, including France and Russia, are talking about partnering with India, he said delivering a talk on `Energy Technology, Energy Security and Climate Change` at the College of Defence Management (CDM) here.

"They (France and Russia) are not just looking at India as a temporary market but they are all looking for joining (partnership) with India and looking for global markets not only in nuclear power but other sectors," Chidambaram said.
"And that`s what we should aim for...to reach for global markets as for as possible with our own efforts and later with international collaboration," he said.

After the Indo-US nuclear deal, projections on nuclear power have been raised and it (nuclear) is expected over 60,000 mw by 2032 while till 2020 nuclear power was projected at 20,000 mw, the former director of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre said.

"Export oriented IT service has created lot of wealth in the country, but if you want to think of India as a developed country you have to become a global leader in manufacturing," he emphasised.
Quoting a report issued by the Deloitte Global Manufacturing Industry group and the US Council on Competitiveness, Chidambaram said they have put India on the second rank after China in the Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index for 2010.

PTI