Dr. John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Co-Chair of the President’s Council of Advisor’s on Science and Technology lead the official delegation from the United States to the Summit. The Summit was inaugurated by Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Government of India.

Key Highlights:

  • The exhibition featured numerous exhibits with an underlying ethos of innovation, design and hi-technology, featuring all key drivers of knowledge economy & was spread over a net area of 5,800 square meters.
  • The Summit witnessed the biggest ever U.S. delegation to visit India. The delegation strength was close to 300 comprising of more than 100 very senior U.S. government officials and others included CEOs of top U.S. companies, research institutions & academic universities.
  • The Summit was attended by 1700 participants. This resulted in 201 formal B2B meetings taking place which would result in future technology collaborations between India & U.S. organisations.
  • The Summit saw high level policy dialogues and 35 parallel business sessions on Manufacturing, Life Sciences, Clean & Renewable Energy, Information Technology & Sustainable/ Smart Cities.

Key Announcements:

  • Private Sector role paramount in Clean Energy across the innovation spectrum from research to commercialization.
  • Bilateral cooperation needed to boost trade and investment in IT sector: US and Indian industry.
  • A ‘Smart City’ must also be a ‘Sustainable City’.
  • IREDA and U.S. Exim Bank sign US$ 1 Billion MoU for Cooperation on Clean energy.
  • A connected and digitally-literate India to power Government’s Make-in-India vision.
  • Emphasis on using technology to empower school educators.
  • Need to overcome the social embargo associated with vocational education to foster skill education in India.
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Dr Harsh Vardhan

Dr Harsh Vardhan, Minister for Science & Technology & Earth Sciences, Govt. of India addressing at the Inaugural Session of the India – U.S. Technology Summit...
 

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