Shri Pawan Kumar Bansal, Union Minster for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences and Dr. Subra Suresh, Director, National Science Foundation, USA and Mr. Blair Hall, Minister Councilor of Science & Technology, US Embassy discussed about cooperation in pure Sciences between the two countries here today. During the meeting they discussed about establishing an Indo-US virtual Mathematical and Computer Sciences institute. Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and Chennai Mathematical Institute will participate in this programme with National Science Foundation.
They also discussed to devise bilateral exchange program catered for training selected Science & Mathematics school teachers (K-12) and bilateral student visitation programs through internships in R&D labs and academy; hold an Indo-US workshop in Nano-toxicology with the aim to develop a regulatory framework addressing health and medical issues on the subject; identify common areas of priorities between SERB and NSF and develop common principles on certain minimum acceptable standards in the peer review systems in order to facilitate bilateral collaborations.
Shri Pawan Bansal informed about India’s third station coming up at South Pole and cooperation with Indonesia regarding tsunami in seismology. He also informed that India has established Tsunami Early Warning System.
In addition, they discussed about ‘The last mile connectivity issues of the NSF GLORIAD-TAJ network’ with the Indian National Knowledge Network. In the field of seismic activities, India will join the US led international seismic network to better predict earthquakes and tsunamis through real time data exchange and ocean data networking for real time exchange of oceanographic data required for climate modeling studies.