India and the U.S. are drawing together in a thousand synergistic ways, and the specific areas of focus are education, environment, health, and business, said Jennifer A. McIntyre, U.S. Consul General, Chennai, here on Saturday.
Delivering the address at the commencement programme of PSG Institute of Management (PSGIM), she said that having travelled widely in South India and the U.S., it was evident that the future would witness exciting collaborations between the countries.
“In 2009, President Obama and Prime Minister Singh established the Indo-U.S. Strategic Dialogue. The fourth dialogue is being scheduled to be held in New Delhi this June and since 2009 both the Governments have established over 20 working groups that regularly meet at the national level to discuss policies, exchanges and opportunities reaching across the full range of human endeavours to include areas of space, science, health, Defence, business, environment, education and much more.” Ms. McIntyre said.
One of the greatest challenges facing the two countries was how to educate well the growing youth populations. India and the U.S. enjoy hundreds of educational collaborations, both at the private and individual levels, and also with initiatives sponsored by our Governments through fellowships, student and faculty exchanges, and institutional partnerships, she added.
A new area of collaboration was the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative (OSI), a $ 10 million programme for education institutions to work on innovative projects together.
On the environment front, under the U.S.-India Energy Dialogue, the countries were seeking to identify opportunities for enhanced engagement to further mutual goals of energy security, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and transitioning to low-carbon, clean energy sources.
In the area of health, the U.S. Centre for Disease Control (CDC) and the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) worked closely through India’s Government offices to take forward a range of collaborative programmes and co-fund research on infectious diseases, reproductive health, vision, mental health and neurology.
India and the U.S. were witnessing annual increases in mutual trade and investment, and the enormous untapped potential provided a lot of opportunity to aspiring business leaders and entrepreneurs. While Governmental initiatives are really exciting, the real strength of the India-U.S. relationship is our people-to-people ties. Hence, the collaborative programmes at PSGIM bring together global institutions and a diverse student body,” the Consul General said.
She gave away degrees and awards to 330 passing out candidates of the programmes of MBA of the Anna University, MBA of the University of Toledo, Executive MBA of Anna University, PGDM of Anna University, and MS Mechanical in Automotive Engineering of University of Toledo.
L. Gopalakrishnan, Managing Trustee of PSG & Sons’ Charities, administered the oath to the candidates, while Lloyd A. Jacobs, President of University of Toledo, conferred the degree to those receiving the degree from the foreign university.
The other dignitaries who were present, included Thomas W. Sharkey, Dean, College of Business and Innovation, and Nagi G. Naganathan, Dean, College of Engineering, of University of Toledo, P.V. Mohanram, Dean, Autonomous Functioning, PSG College of Technology, and R. Nandagopal, Director, PSGIM.