The collaboration between the Indian and Australian universities will boost the government's planning to align countrywide online network of educational institutions with its American counterpart.
The online network will help to do research on Information Technology, life-sciences, biotechnology, material science and environmental science. Under the government's plan, linking the ERNET network under the ministry of Information Technology with America's Internet-II will help Indian researchers as well as the researchers of Harvard, Massachusetts and Boston to set up their independent online centres in India. The tie-up would provide Indian institutions and universities with an opportunity to share a common platform with 209 institutions in the US. ERNET has already established connectivity with the top research network of European Union, GEANT.