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An effort to replicate in India the world-famous Media Lab, run by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has collapsed amid angry recriminations between the Indian government and the original lab in Massachusetts, United States. Media Lab Asia, which was launched two years ago to perform research that benefits the Indian people by developing hi-tech regional laboratories, will now continue without MIT's involvement.

MIT officials say that the decision to end the collaboration came after Arun Shourie, India's information technology minister said he wanted practical technologies to flow from the laboratory, rather than the futuristic ideas and approaches put forward by MIT. But Shourie told reporters that MIT's interpretation of events was "strange" and that India called off the contract as it "gained nothing" from the collaboration.

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Reference: Nature 423, 213 (2003)