Tuesday, July 7, 2015


Kazakhstan’s rare-earth elements and minerals can offer much more benefits than just meeting India’s energy needs, if coupled with new quantum technologies & India’s ability to produce for a global scale

CamKazInd Fund emphasizes on need for Kazakhstan to be part of the BRICS Alliance as a step to boosting the third industrial revolution

New Delhi, 7 July 2015: Amidst hopes of an agreement signed by the Central Asian region’s biggest country, Kazakhstan, supplying uranium to India, among other deals in energy and defence likely to be signed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Astana, the Cambridge University spin-off CamCool Ltd, and Salwan Media Ventures have announced the launch a global technological initiative led by Indian and Kazakh experts that will focus on harnessing the potential of quantum technologies (QT). Focusing on the diverse possibilities of quantum effects in physics at the atomic- and molecular-level, this new platform, CamKazInd Fund, aims to bring together – Kazakhstan's access to rare-earth elements and mineral wealth; India’s human capital; and, the expertise of Cambridge scientists in developing a range of the latest technologies – to catalyze the third industrial revolution.

Talking about the purpose of this partnership, Dr. Siddharth Saxena, a senior research scientist from Cavendish Laboratory, who’s colleagues created the CamCool Ltd. says, “The possibilities offered by our Cambridge-Kazakhstan-India new quantum technologies (QT) platform are limitless scientifically, commercially, and also in terms of providing a strategy to unlock access to advanced technologies and expertise that have so far been hidden away in the ivory towers of Western institutions.” Dr. Siddharth Saxena also chairs the Cambridge Central Asia Forum (CCAF) and serves as the Director of Cambridge Kazakhstan Centre for Peace and Accord. A highly decorated physicist, political analyst and science policy expert, Dr. Saxena is credited with discovering four new superconductors, including the first ferromagnetic superconductor, and has been awarded with a Presidential Medal of Honour from Kazakhstan in 2011 and a Medal for Service to Education in Kazakhstan in 2009.

Chokan Laumulin, who has co-authored the book, The Kazakhs: Children of the Steppes, launched two national TV stations, and served as the Chief Editor of KontinenT Magazine, a major Kazakh publication reporting on political and economic issues, says, “Our new technological initiative supports and emphasizes on the importance of Kazakhstan to join the BRICS Alliance as a natural partner. New materials are the key bottleneck in progress of electronics, manufacturing drill-bits for oil-rigs, facilitating development of energy efficient construction, and even developing new and more effective drug-delivery systems in healthcare. Latest quantum technologies now offer novel uses for Kazakhstan's wealth in rare-earth elements and minerals, for use in whole new areas of industry. For example, manipulation of quantum spins can produce refrigeration that no longer requires cumbersome compressors or use of environmentally damaging gases such as CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) and HCFCs (hydrochlorofluorocarbons) like R-12 or R-22. Such technologies have the potential to power our computers, keep our food fresh and bring our mobile phone bills down.”

Serial entrepreneur Harjiv Singh, Founder and CEO of Salwan Media Ventures, that envisions creating a 21st-century knowledge economy in India and South Asia through the confluence of media, technology and education, adds, “Kazakhstan’s potential must be viewed in a much broader league than just fuelling India’s energy needs. By coupling Kazakhstan's rich mineral and financial resources, powered by the world’s most advanced tech know-how in new-age quantum technologies from leading researchers such as Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge, and India's ability to produce for a global scale, Kazakhstan can play a role comparable to, if not bigger than, what Western corporates did in delivering Indian IT potential to world. This next-generation partnership can entirely revolutionize the way we live, and help solve the most complex problems facing humankind, in terms of fast-depleting precious resources, and worsening environmental conditions.”

Cambridge’s Dr. Saxena, who is an Indian citizen, concludes, “What really matters is a concentration of a proper investment strategy, a team of vibrant technology and research experts, and most importantly, a common platform which draws all these together. Our tripartite initiative aims at filling this gap.”

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