New Delhi/New York: Prime Minister Narendra Modi spent a fruitful Tuesday meeting with a wide spectrum of experts from the field of academics, health, space, business and also noted Indian Americans.
The PM met with a group of US health experts.
The PM in a tweet said: “Had an informative discussion with a group of healthcare experts. They shared their rich perspectives on ways to augment healthcare capacities in India. I told them about the work we have done in integrating latest technology in the sector and our efforts like TB elimination.”
According to a statement, the PM and the experts discussed the use of digital technologies for quality healthcare, greater focus on integrative medicine & better healthcare preparedness.
He also held an interaction with a group of academics, most of who are Indian Americans.
In a tweet, the PM said: “In New York City, held an extensive interaction with a group of academics. They shared their views on how to further strengthen the education sector in India with a focus on skills and innovation. I talked about the transformative potential of our National Education Policy.”
The academics came from diverse fields of agriculture, marketing, engineering, health, science & technology.
A statement said the two sides discussed possibilities of enhancing research collaborations and two-way academic exchanges under India’s New Education Policy. They also shared perspectives and experiences from their respective areas of expertise with the Prime Minister.
Those who participated in the meeting were: Chandrika Tandon, Chair of the Board, NYU Tandon School of Engineering; Neeli Bendapudi, President of Pennsylvania State University; Pradeep Khosla, Chancellor, University of California, San Diego; Satish Tripathi, President of the University at Buffalo; Professor Jagmohan Raju, Professor of Marketing, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania; Madhav V. Rajan, Dean, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago; Professor Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science; Director, CFAES Rattan Lal Centre for Carbon Management and Sequestration, Ohio State University; Anurag Mairal, Adjunct Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, Stanford University & Faculty Fellow and Lead for Technology Innovation & Impact at Center for Innovation & Global Health, Stanford University.
The PM also met celebrated US astrophysicist, author and science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson.
In a tweet, the PM said: “Talked space, science and related issues with @neiltyson. Highlighted steps India is taking to reform the space sector and draw more youngsters towards science as well as innovation.”
The MEA spokesperson in a tweet said:
“Catalyzing India-US space collaboration!
“PM @narendramodi interacted with celebrated US astrophysicist, author and science communicator @neiltyson.
“Exchanged views on inculcating scientific temperament among youth. Discussed at length India’s rapid progress in space sector including various space exploration missions being undertaken by India.”
He also met distinguished mathematical statistician, public intellectual and author, Professor Nassim Nicholas Taleb.
In a tweet, the PM said:
“Professor @nntaleb has interesting perspectives on many issues and I had the opportunity to hear them on some of those subjects. He was greatly interested in India’s development strides. I emphasised on how we are nurturing a spirit of enterprise and risk taking among our youth.”
The PM lauded Prof Taleb for his contribution in bringing complex ideas of risk and fragility in popular conversations. He highlighted India’s growing start-up ecosystem and the risk taking abilities of India’s young entrepreneurs, the MEA spokesperson said.
The PM also had an interaction with American Buddhist scholar and academic Robert Thurman, a Padma Shri awardee.
In a tweet, the PM said: “The interaction with @BobThurman was outstanding. I admire his passion towards research and scholarship on aspects relating to Buddhism. I highlighted India’s Buddhist heritage and how Buddhism can help overcome many challenges our world faces.”
Prime Minister and Prof Thurman exchanged perspectives on how Buddhist values can act as guiding light for finding solutions to global challenges. They also discussed India’s Buddhist connect and efforts being made by India for preservation of Buddhist heritage, a statement said.
The PM also met Ray Dalio, co-founder, Bridgewater Associates.
In a tweet, the PM said:
“Met my friend, the distinguished author and investor @RayDalio. Urged him to deepen investments in India and also talked about the reform trajectory of our Government.”
MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi in a tweet said:
“A fruitful meeting between PM @narendramodi & investor, author and co-founder of hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates @RayDalio
“PM highlighted reforms undertaken by the government to foster economic growth, including reduction of compliances and decriminalisation of large number of legal provisions. PM invited @RayDalio for further investing in India.”
The PM also met Nobel laureate Paul Romer, American economist and policy entrepreneur.
In a tweet, the PM said:
“Glad to have met noted economist and Nobel laureate, Professor @paulmromer. We had extensive conversations on leveraging technology to improve lives. We also talked about how to make our cities more sustainable and people friendly.”
“Discussions touched upon India’s digital journey, including the use of Aadhar and innovative tools like Digilocker. Talks also covered various initiatives being undertaken by India for urban development,” the spokesperson said.
The PM also met Indian American vocalist and composer Falguni Shah.
“A warm conversation between PM @narendramodi & renowned Indian-American vocalist and composer, Falguni Shah @FaluMusic.
“PM lauded @FaluMusic for her song ‘Abundance in Millets’ that raises awareness regarding healthy and environment friendly millets. PM appreciated her for bringing the people of India and USA together through her music.”