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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and representative from US
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
meets with representatives of American
universities and corporations in
Washington, D.C. (July 2005)
President APJ Abdul Kalam meets with Indo-US delegation
Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam meets
with the Indo-U.S. University Network
Delegation in New Delhi (December 2005)

On May 31, 2006, an audience of 150 invited officials from industry, academe, government and non-governmental organizations in India and the United States will meet to explore strategic issues in high-tech research and education as they apply to the world’s two largest democracies. The U.S.-India Summit on Education, Research & Technology is organized by the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), and will take place on the UCSD campus in La Jolla, California. The Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum will play an essential role in promoting and facilitating the collaborative research activities arising from the UC-India agreement.

The event is part of a wider initiative undertaken by educational institutions in India and the U.S. since the successful completion of the Next Steps in Strategic Partnership agreement between the two countries in July 2005. That same month, representatives from the University of California (UC) and four other universities -- Cornell, Carnegie Mellon, Case Western, and State University of New York at Buffalo -- met with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Washington, D.C., and signed a memorandum of understanding to support a satellite-delivered engineering education initiative with the Indian Department of Science and Technology, Indian Space Research Organization, and Amrita University. Corporate support for the effort came from QUALCOMM Incorporated, Microsoft Corporation, and Cadence Design Systems, Incorporated.

Continued dialogue resulted in an expansion of the universities involved on both the Indian and American sides, and an increase in the scope of the program to include research. In December 2005, a formal signing ceremony took place in New Delhi to welcome 15 new U.S. members to the Indo-U.S. Inter-University Collaborative Network in Higher Education and Research: Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Purdue, Georgia Tech, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, University of Washington, University of Texas-Austin, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of North Dakota, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as well as UCLA and UC Santa Cruz. Participants also met with Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, President of India (pictured), in New Delhi.

Then in March 2006, UC signed a memorandum of understanding with the Government of India to promote joint research projects that leverage synergies between UC researchers, California technology firms and counterparts in India. The first such projects will get underway soon, and organizers see the U.S.-India Summit on Education, Research & Technology, in part, as a forum for broadening areas of engagement to include new research thrusts and a wider range of participating institutions.

The summit will be co-chaired by QUALCOMM’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, and Dr. Frieder Seible, Dean of UCSD’s Jacobs School of Engineering. Invited participants will come from Indian government and university labs, non-governmental organizations and technology industries, and from similar institutions in the United States. “Our goal is to explore new avenues for Indo-U.S. collaboration on education and research programs designed to improve science and engineering talent for corporations and universities in both countries,” said summit organizer Ramesh Rao, Director of Calit2’s UCSD Division, who will co-host the meeting with UCSD Chancellor Marye Anne Fox.

For more information on the program, speakers, and logistics, return to the home page.

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