1. Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy bats for Indo-US tie-up in higher education

Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy bats for Indo-US tie-up in higher education

India and the US should collaborate in higher education, research and hi-tech areas to benefit mutually and foster a stronger bond of friendship between the two countries, Infosys co-founder N.R. Narayana Murthy said on Friday.

By: | Banglore | Published: January 29, 2016 7:30 PM
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Narayana Murthy called for partnerships with consortia of reputed US universities in each area, and exchange of faculty and students between Indian and American universities by hundredfold. (PTI)

India and the US should collaborate in higher education, research and hi-tech areas to benefit mutually and foster a stronger bond of friendship between the two countries, Infosys co-founder N.R. Narayana Murthy said on Friday.

“Greater collaboration between the two countries in these areas, especially in research at university level and hi-technology will lay a strong foundation for our country’s growth in the long term,” Murthy said in a keynote address at the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) conclave on “Vision 2020” here.

Noting that the US was the undisputed number one in higher education and research, he said that to make the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ dream a success, scientists and engineers would have to first discover and innovate.

“If we want to find solutions to problems in education, healthcare, agriculture, nutrition and in shelter, our scientists and engineers will have to discover and invent before making in India,” Murthy said, citing recent remarks of Nobel laureate and string theorist David Gross on Indian science and technology.

He called for partnerships with consortia of reputed US universities in each area, and exchange of faculty and students between Indian and American universities by hundredfold.

“We will have to issue 10-year multiple entry visas every year to hundreds of thousands of US academicians. Every conference in India, certified to be an A grade conference, will have to be given travel and stay grant for at least 50 academicians from the US. The government must provide 50 travel-and-stay grants for Indian academicians to attend every such conference in the US,” Murthy urged.

As most Indian students going to the US for higher studies stay back by taking jobs in the industry or academia, he said the government would have to sign an agreement with the US not to employ Indian students finishing research so that they could return to serve the country for at least 10 years.

“Leaders of both countries have also to agree to send about 10,000 students (1,000 students in 10 areas of STEM or Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) every year to do PhD in important areas in the US for the next 50 years. This will cost us $5 billion a year, which is less than 0.25 percent of our GDP. It is a small sum but will yield enormous benefits to us in the long term,” he noted.

Murthy said such tie-ups between the two nations would help in developing solutions in the emerging area of Internet of Things (IoT), as they have tremendous future.

“India has to become a partner in adding value to US firms by developing advanced software in IoT to them and their customers. This requires us to train our youngsters in multi-tasking kernels, device drivers, and adaptive control and in handling analog-digital, digital-analog, digital input and digital output devices,” he added.

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    Suryanarayanan KV
    Jan 30, 2016 at 8:40 am
    I whoileheartedly welcome the suggestions of NRN.
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    Suryanarayanan KV
    Jan 30, 2016 at 8:41 am
    I wheartedly welcome the suggestions of NRN.
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    Hari
    Jan 30, 2016 at 6:46 am
    Modi govt should appoint visionary, highly qualified, experienced and dynamic person as HRD minister rather than appointing present minister which is causing serious damage to future of youths of this country since there is no world cl standard of education in this country. The just talking of skill development without any concrete plan for quality education has no meaning. It is like bluffing to public. Narayanmurthy has raised very valid point which should be given top most priority. The wizards like Narayan Murthy, Ajimji Premji, Nilekani, Tata should be kept as top advisers to formulate education system in this country. The govt is draining money on education with no results. The reservation in education must be abolished to fill up gap of teachers in most of educational insutions which is working on 50% capacity. So the education should be given top most priority.
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    testour
    Jan 30, 2016 at 8:07 am
    Who will fund the bollywood and worship them then? Very unlikely, indians and their leaders are only about bollywood and cricket.
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