India and the United States have common goals and challenges that bind the two nations, Science and Technology Minister Jitendra Singh said, urging the American scientific community and entrepreneurs to work with their Indian counterparts in areas such as health, clean energy and space.
“We have common goals. So we are in a common state, which also binds us together,” Singh said Tuesday at a reception hosted in his honor at India House by India’s Ambassador to the United States. United States, Taranjit Singh Sandhu.
India, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has provided a much more conducive environment for science and technology and entrepreneurs than ever before, Singh said during of the reception attended by several lawmakers, members of the scientific, academic, think tank community and senior Biden administration officials.
India now has a government and a head of government who can think outside the box and break the taboos of the past, the minister said.
The areas of health, clean energy, space, geospatial and quantum are among the areas of ownership of both countries. “You will appreciate that after several years, the Space Department has been open to joint initiation, joint ventures and public-private participation. And we also look forward to international investment and would rather welcome ‘encourage,’ he said.
He pointed out that India has more than 60 startups in the space sector itself. The new geospatial guidelines also launched at Modi’s request would create a much more conducive atmosphere for future partnerships, Singh said.
Ambassador Sandhu, in his welcoming remarks, highlighted the main pillars of the relationship between India and the United States in the field of education, health, science and technology, as well as clean energy.
Sandhu said the US Congress has played a key role in boosting India-US relations.
Today, there are more than 200,000 Indian students in the United States, with one-third in STEM fields. American universities now want to establish a close relationship with India, the ambassador said.
The Indian envoy during his tenure interacted with heads of 150 universities and academic institutions.
National Science Foundation Director Sethuraman Panchanathan, in his remarks at the reception, said he looked forward to a very strong partnership between the United States and India.
“Any partnership between global partners is fundamentally based on shared values and shared aspirations. In terms of shared values, we have the values of openness, transparency, reciprocity, research, integrity and respect for intellectual property and much more,” he said. said.
“We share the fundamental foundation of a foundation that can clearly build incredible scientific partnerships together,” Panchanathan said.
“On top of that, we share aspirations, whether it’s AI, quantum, advanced wireless biotechnology, advanced manufacturing, etc., no matter the field, we see there is always a partner you can locate in India where we can build partnerships together and a set of results to work on big challenges like climate change, or in terms of industries of the future, both are possible through this partnership that comes together,” Panchanathan said.
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