Prime Minister Narendra Modi who arrived in Singapore on Thursday for a three-day visit visited the country's prestigious Nanyang Technological University and interacted with students there.
During his visit to the university, six agreements were signed to strengthen academic and industry partnerships between NTU and leading Indian universities and institutions. Modi was accompanied by Singapore's Education Minister Ong Ye Kung.
He also visited an exhibition being held at NTU and interacted with a social robot. He also participated in a dialogue titled 'Transforming Asia through Innovation' with NTU President Professor Subra Suresh. During his interaction with the students, PM Modi said; "The world is clear that the 21st century is Asia's century. It is essential to believe in ourselves and know that this is our turn. We must rise to the occasion and take that leadership".
When asked about technology, PM Modi said; "Technology is what empowers people. A technology-driven society breaks social barriers. Technology has to be affordable and user-friendly".
Commemorating the visit of Prime Minister Modi, a neem tree was jointly planted in the campus by PM Modi and Singapore's Education Minister Ong Ye Kung.
Commemorating the visit of PM @narendramodi to Nanyang Technical University, a neem tree was planted in the campus by PM, Singapore Minister of Education Ong Kung and President NTU Subra Suresh. pic.twitter.com/jfHeeJXomt— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) June 1, 2018
A gift of 4 million Singapore dollar by Kris Gopalakrishnan, Chairman of Axilor Ventures and co-founder and former CEO of Indian IT giant Infosys, was also announced today to support postdoctoral and student research activities at NTU.
Of the 4 million Singapore dollar, 2 million Singapore dollar will go towards creating the Gopalakrishnan-NTU Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship that will enable some of the world's most promising postdoctoral candidates to carry out their research at NTU.
Of the other 2 million Singapore dollar, the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras will receive about 1 million Singapore dollar to fund research collaborations for their students at NTU.
Under the pact signed today, NTU will create the Gopalakrishnan-NTU Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowships to enable some of the world's best young scientists to build a research career at NTU. The endowed gift will fund up to two Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowships per year for five years, starting from academic year 2018-2019.
In partnership with one of India's leading technological institutes, NTU will offer joint PhD programmes in science, engineering, management, computing and social sciences. The alliance covers supervision of research projects at both universities.
NTU will also partner the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, in offering joint supervision and research attachment opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students in a broad range of disciplines.
NTU will also work with the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay to conduct joint PhD programmes in science, engineering, management, computing and social sciences. This partnership will enable joint supervision of research projects at both universities.
A pact was signed with National Institution for Transforming India for research and exchange partnership.
The National Institution for Transforming India is the leading policy think tank in India spearheading the nation's drive to develop a digital economy and knowledge society.
The collaboration will leverage artificial intelligence, machine learning, cognitive computing and big data analytics to improve healthcare, cybersecurity, automation, mobility, smart energy systems and e-governance. It will also facilitate the exchange of scientists and students.
NTU also signed an agreement with Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology in research and education. The partnership will involve the Satellite Research Centre at the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in NTU, the first university in Singapore to develop an undergraduate satellite programme.
Covering space science and technology research and education, the tie-up paves the way for joint satellite projects and a sustained exchange program.
Later the day, PM Modi will on Friday deliver the keynote address at the strategically important Shangri- La Dialogue in Singapore. PM Modi will also visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens where an orchid will be named in his honour.