Sitharaman visits the National Science Foundation in Washington
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited the headquarters of the National Science Foundation, Washington and attended presentations on critical issues such as astronomy, AI for robotics and messaging public during health crises.
Sitharaman was in the US capital to attend the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. She began her six-day journey last Monday with an interaction with the think tank community at the prestigious Brookings Institute.
During his visit to the NSF on Sunday, Sitharaman received virtual presentations on astronomy, public messaging during health crises like COVID-19, and AI for robotics, with applications for agriculture and environmental sustainability. by eminent and distinguished professors.
Dr. Katherine Bouman, principal investigator for the groundbreaking discovery of black holes; Nobel Laureate and MIT Professor of Economics Dr. Abhijit Banerjee; and Dr. Girish Chowdhary, co-founder and chief technology officer of Earth Sense were among those who gave presentations.
NSF Director Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan briefed Sitharaman on the foundation’s work and showed him around the NSF gallery.
“NSF is proud of the partnerships that India and the United States have forged over the years to advance society. Global collaboration has enabled incredible things, from capturing the first images of a black hole to fight against pandemics,” Panchanathan said.
Sitharaman left for India later that evening.