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Young Investigators Meeting-Chicago (YIM-C 2016) launched in the Consulate

Oct 21, 2016

Consul General of India, Dr Ausaf Sayeed urged the young investigators to actively participate in nation building by making significant contributions to the socio-economic development of India.

YIM ChicagoThe Consulate hosted over 100 Young Investigators launching the Young Investigators Meeting-Chicago (YIM-C 2016) in the forum titled 'Indo-US Partnerships' on October 21st, 2016, at the Consulate premises to to promote multi-level collaborative initiatives across various disciplines in Academia, Industry and Government between India and the United States. The first YIM hosted in the mid-western United States was organized by Science and Research Opportunities in India (Sci-ROI), a volunteer not-for-profit organization comprising research scientists, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students under the auspices of WINStep Forward.

Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, Consul General of India, Chicago delivered the welcome remarks and urged the young investigators to actively  participate in  nation building by making significant contributions to the socio-economic development of India.  He also invited them to wholeheartedly participate in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Flagship Programs, including "Make in India", "Skills India",  "Digital India", and "Green India". He advised the YIM-C participants to engage with the Government of India by using the portal: MyGov.in.

The keynote address was delivered by Dr. R. Brakaspathy, Secretary, Science and Engineering Research Board, Government of India, New Delhi. He explained the research funding opportunities, extramural funding availability to individual researchers and fellowships for faculty members in  SERB.

The session was also addressed by Dr. Mangala Sharma, Program Director, Office of International Science and Engineering, National Science Foundation, Mr. Jonathan Ward, Principal Commercial Officer, United States Department of Commerce, Consulate General of United States in India, Kolkata,  Dr. Shekhar Mishra, Deputy Project Manager, Indian Institute and Fermilab Collaboration, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and Vinod (Vinny) Gupta, Chair, Ohio Board of Regents.

The speakers appreciated the importance attached to the India-US collaboration initiatives and the efforts of the Government of India to include the various segments of the scientific community and the industry to accelerate the pace of development in several  sectors.

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