U.S. and India: Applying Research and Innovation To Solve Human Challenges

Posted by Atul Keshap
July 22, 2010
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary Keshap Speaks With Vasudev Nayak

About the Author: Atul Keshap serves as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs.

Two years after leaving an assignment at U.S. Embassy New Delhi, I am back in Bangalore to get reacquainted with India and see the amazing research and innovation-focused interdependent and mutually reinforcing knowledge economy building up between our two countries. As the first stop in my week-long visit to India, Bangalore is a great place for me to explore how the United States and India can cooperate in space exploration and application, commercial aviation, information technology, and combating climate change.

With colleagues from U.S. Consulate General Chennai and U.S. Embassy New Delhi, I am meeting and touring GE, Boeing, Wipro, IBM, and the Reva electric car plant. In the photo, I am at Wipro's beautiful Bangalore campus speaking with Vasudev Nayak about the ways that Wipro symbolizes the economic partnership between our two countries. Wipro has worked hard to increase its U.S. presence and support for U.S. jobs by providing hosted and managed IT services in the United States, as well as employing Americans to work at those centers. Wipro also signed a joint venture with U.S.-based Cisco Systems to generate $1 billion of software sales business.

On July 20, I visited IBM, which sells powerful mainframes (made in the United States) that India uses to forecast weather for farmers, and process and print billions of railway tickets each year. GE is focused on cutting edge research and product development to enhance access to high-tech health care at a cost basis accessible to hundreds of millions of people in India. As an example, they've built affordable electro-cardiogram machines that can be used to diagnose some of the poorest people in India.

Clearly, the U.S. and Indian private sectors are applying heavy research and brainpower to solving humanity's most important challenges.

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Pamela G.
West Virginia, USA
July 26, 2010

Pamela G. in West Virginia writes:

I am glad we are working so closely with India on these projects but where are the jobs in the US that can be developed from this joint relationship? I think we are getting the short end of the deal and need to insist on a fair distribution of jobs.

Ashim C.
July 26, 2010

Ashim K.C. in India writes:

I agree with Ms. Pamela G's observation that Indo-US cooperation must have a strong focus on job creation in both USA and India. US financial institutions can make it happen by routing investments through Indian FIs in infrastructure, brick and mortar industries to create demand for capital goods, which could sourced from USA and create jobs in USA. In doing this US FIs themselves could earn higher interest taking advantage of the prevailing higher interst rates in India. As it is with 250 million middle class, India is a huge market for many domestic products and services and if India's oil import bill could be reduced to say about 100 bn dollars by quick buildig of nuclear and all other alternative sources of energy, India could also import new advanced tachnology based products from USA. But for any of these, there must be mutual trust uninfluenced by baggage of past especially from India's point of view.


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