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US and India Pledge to Deepen Science and Technology Partnerships

JUN 28, 2023
Andrea Peterson
Senior Data Analyst
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and First Lady Jill Biden visited the National Science Foundation on June 21.

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President Joe Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi committed to deepening U.S.–India cooperation in science and technology during Modi’s state visit last week.

India became the 27th country to sign the Artemis Accords, which establish common principles for space exploration, and NASA announced that it will begin preparing Indian astronauts for a joint mission to the International Space Station in 2024. The nations also signed agreements to promote further joint research in quantum information science and artificial intelligence.

In addition, Modi attended a workforce event at the National Science Foundation on Wednesday with First Lady Jill Biden, and the agency highlighted its expansion of research partnerships with India through a recent cooperation agreement.

A joint task force on expanding research and educational partnerships between the two countries also released a set of interim recommendations last week in support of the broader U.S.–India initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology (iCET) that was announced in January.

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