Connecting Indian universities, the American Indian diaspora and American universities


Professor Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), highlighted the role of the Indian Diaspora and the importance of the role it could play in connecting with Indian universities and industry during his recent interaction with several presidents of Indian origin of the United States. based universities.

“Considering the constraints and cultural differences in the research environment of two countries, we can work through mutual collaborations with the help of government initiatives like VAJRA, SPARC and so on, especially in futuristic technologies like the cyber-physical system, quantum, hydrogen, electric mobility in which several Indian scientists are also doing substantial work. The Department of S&T is committed to connecting the Indian Diaspora with Indian researchers, and the DST has had several dialogues with the National Science Foundation and the US Department of Energy on the development of bilateral scientific cooperation, ”said the Professor Sharma.

Sharma periodically interacts with people of Indian descent (PIO) in science, technology, engineering, medicine and mathematics (STEMM).

On August 20, together with Professor DP Singh, Chairman of the University Grants Commission, he met 11 US university presidents / chancellors in which Taranjeet Singh Sandhu, Indian Ambassador to the United States, also attended.

SK Varshney, head of international cooperation, DST, said the government is keen to nurture the Indian diaspora’s connection to its roots. He pointed out that in STEMM areas, the first important step was taken by organizing the VAIBHAV (Vaishwik Bharatiya Vaigyanik) summit in 2020, and now an online portal, PRABHASS (Pravasi Bharatiya Academic and Scientific Sampark), has also been launched. to connect Diaspora Indians with Indian academic and research institutes.

UGC President Prof. DP Singh shared his thoughts on the new national education policy and its development since its announcement last year. He highlighted the internationalization of the Indian education system and called on American universities to establish campuses in India.

During the interaction, the Indian Diaspora suggested that frequent actions need to be taken on collaborations along with a defined timeline and defined focus areas. They proposed to modernize the health system and promote medical sciences as well as technical education in order to develop cooperation in some areas of intervention such as healthcare, machine learning by artificial intelligence, agriculture. , etc.

The meeting was attended by Prof. Satish K. Tripathi, State University of New York, Buffalo; Prof. Pradeep Khosla, University of California, San Diego; Professor Michael Rao, Virginia Commonwealth University; Professor Kumble Subbaswamy, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Professor Ashish Vaidya, University of Northern Kentucky; Professor Renu Khator, University of Houston; Teacher. Neeli Bendapudi, University of Louisville, Kentucky; Professor Venkat Reddy, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs; Professor Mauli Agrawal, University of Missouri, Kansas City; Prof. Mantosh Dewan, Northern State Medical University, SUNY; Teacher. Mahesh Daas, Boston Architectural College, Boston.

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