SiliconIndia Chairman Gunjan Sinha appointed to the U.S.-India Endowment Board

By siliconindia   |   Tuesday, 29 June 2010, 06:29 Hrs   |    9 Comments
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SiliconIndia Chairman Gunjan Sinha appointed to the U.S.-India Endowment Board
Washington DC: In a historic U.S.-India Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) on Science and Technology Cooperation, Gunjan Sinha, SiliconIndia Chairman and the Executive Chairman of Metricstream represented the Board of U.S - India Endowment for Science and Technology. The meeting was co-chaired by Dr. John Holdren, Assistant to the President Barak Obama for Science and Technology and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. The two day meeting was held in Washington, D.C. on June 24-25 at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. Gunjan Sinha was a part of the U.S. delegation led by Dr. Holdren. The Indian delegation was led by Sri Prithviraj Chavan, Minister of State for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences.

Sinha's appointment to the U.S. Endowment Board, comes in the wake of the need for an overall focus on science and technology policy between the two countries. President Obama has made clear that one of his top priorities is enhancing U.S. cooperation with its global partners, especially on science and technology. The board will ensure and enhance Science and Technology cooperation between the two largest democracies in the world.

The joint commission between the two countries and the U.S.-India Endowment Board, will work towards initiating public good and economic prosperity in U.S. and India, through science and technology cooperation, greater public-private partnerships, promoting innovations and entrepreneurship and creating appropriate policy for environment and greater bilateral co-operation. Areas of focus of the Endowment Board will include such significant areas like Food Security, Climate Change, Energy Policy, Healthcare amongst other.

The joint commission on science and technology cooperation comprises government officials, academics and industry representatives for providing policy-relevant advice and analysis. The delegates at the commission included senior officials from various US federal agencies and departments including the Office of the Chief Technical Officer, Office of International and Tribal Affairs, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Energy (DoE), National Science Foundation and Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Science.

In line with the mission of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the commission aims to ensure that Federal investments make the greatest possible contribution to economic prosperity, public health, environmental quality and national security, and to foster professional and scientific relationships with government officials, academics and industry representatives for providing policy-relevant advice, analysis and judgment for the President on major policies, plans and programs of the Federal government.

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