US delegation led by Ms. Margaret Martonosi, Assistant Director for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, National Science Foundation, met the Indian team led by Secretary, Department of Science and Technology (DST), Dr. S. Chandrasekhar and expressed keen interest in collaborating in the areas of Critical and Emerging Technologies.
Science & Technology co-operation has been very important facet of the India-US partnership. Bilateral S &T collaboration range from Mega Science such as LIGO [Laser Interferometer Gravitational Observatory-], Neutrino Physics to Clean Energy Technologies, Health Science, Agricultural Science, and recent interest in expanding our collaboration in Emerging Technologies.
Both sides discussed a range of prospective areas of co-operation like AI, Data Science, Commuter Science and information science, robotics, IoT, etc., Cybersecurity, Quantum technologies, Cyber-physical system; Energy (Clean Coal technologies, Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage, Hydrogen energy); Water; Climate and sustainability, Geosciences. Senior Advisor and Secretary SERB, Dr. Akhilesh Gupta, Head International Cooperation, Mr. S.K Varshney, Heads of different thematic Divisions, and other officials from both sides also participated in the meeting. They also discussed the development of a mechanism for networking among research institutions from both sides and the exchange of research personnel as a part of ongoing India-US engagement in science and technology.
Both sides also informed about the status of the proposed Implementation Arrangement (IA) between the U.S. National Science Foundation and the Department of Science and Technology of the Government of India. This IA would facilitate collaborative interdisciplinary research and innovation, including a plan to manage the preparation, submission, review, and awarding of proposals submitted collaboratively from U.S. and Indian investigators for developing flexible mechanisms to foster and support collaborative international research.