Joint Science Ventures Strengthen US-India Alliance

By siliconindia   |   Thursday, 22 February 2024, 22:25 IST
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Joint Science Ventures Strengthen US-India Alliance

India and the US are fostering a robust science and technology partnership, with the NSF collaborating with Indian departments and multiple ministries on digital technology, biomanufacturing, telecommunication, and earth sciences.

A leading American scientist says India and the US are considering exciting joint science and technology projects to expand their relationship further. According to Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan, Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), both countries are delving into various joint projects under the guidance of their respective leadership.

In an interview with PTI, Dr. Panchanathan described the partnership between the US and India as pivotal for the Biden-Harris administration and Congress, highlighting bipartisan support for the alliance between two major democracies.

Reflecting on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's historic State Visit to Washington DC last year, Dr. Panchanathan noted that it commenced with a visit to the NSF headquarters, where Prime Minister Modi engaged with the scientific community and young minds in science.

Dr. Panchanathan outlined several collaborative efforts between the NSF and Indian counterparts, particularly in digital technology and biotechnology. He mentioned ongoing discussions with the Ministry of Information Technology and the Department of Biotechnology to foster innovation in bioeconomy and biomanufacturing.

The initiatives align with President Biden's executive order on Bioeconomy and Biomanufacturing, indicating mutual interest from both nations. Dr. Panchanathan emphasized the importance of such collaborations in driving innovation and economic growth.

Regarding India's progress in science and technology, Dr. Panchanathan acknowledged a significant uptick in entrepreneurial ventures and research endeavors over the past decade. He commended India's efforts to build a robust innovation ecosystem, emphasizing the shared values between the US and India in fostering prosperity through innovation.

Dr. Panchanathan also praised India's establishment of the National Research Foundation (NRF) and its efforts to synergize investments in scientific research. He highlighted the importance of equipping the youth with skills relevant to future industries, emphasizing the role of education and training in driving economic success.

Furthermore, Dr. Panchanathan discussed potential collaborations with other departments in India, such as Telecommunications, Earth Sciences, and Mines, indicating a broadening scope of partnership beyond science and technology.

He highlighted discussions on enhancing partnerships through platforms like the Quad involving India, the US, Australia, and Japan. Dr. Panchanathan underscored the potential of initiatives like AI for Agriculture to address global challenges and foster collaboration among nations.

Dr. Panchanathan emphasized the enthusiasm among researchers from both countries to collaborate for the greater good, citing mutual interests in economic prosperity and national security. The joint efforts signify a promising future for US-India relations in science and technology.