On March 17, 2021, Prof Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science & Technology stated that, India & United States (US) has launched the Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum’s U.S. India Artificial Intelligence (USIAI) Initiative during the launch ceremony organized by Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF).
- Objective – This initiative will enhance the Science & Technology(S&T) relationship between India and the United States to solve problems of both countries.
- Through this Initiative, both the countries will share values of openness, transparency, and reciprocity and encourages innovation that will benefit India as well as US.
i.USIAI Initiative will focus on AI cooperation in critical areas of India & US.
ii.It will serve as a platform to discuss opportunities, challenges, and barriers for bilateral Artificial Intelligence(AI) Research & Development(R&D) collaboration.
iii.It will enable AI innovation, help share ideas for developing an AI workforce, and recommend modes and mechanisms for Catalyzing partnerships.
iv.It will create synergies that address challenges and opportunities at the interface of science, technology, and society.
Gist about Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF):
i.IUSSTF established under an agreement between the Governments of India and the United States of America in March 2000.
ii.It is an autonomous bilateral organization jointly funded by both the Governments that promotes Science, Technology, Engineering and Innovation through substantive interaction among government, academia and industry.
iii.Nodal Departments:The Department of Science & Technology, Governments of India and the U.S. Department of States.
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About Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF):
Executive Director – Dr. Nandini Kannan
Headquarter – New Delhi, Delhi