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Indiana University and Internet2 Presidents Lead U.S. Delegation to Establish Partnership with India’s Government, Education and Technology Leaders

Indiana University President and Internet2 Board Chair Michael A. McRobbie and Internet2 President and CEO H. David Lambert will lead a delegation of U.S. college presidents, chief information officers and researchers to New Delhi, India on March 20-21 to establish a major partnership with the National Knowledge Network (NKN), the leading National Research and Education Network in India.

The U.S. and Indian leaders are partnering to improve research, education, and economic and social developments regarding education, technology, Internet freedoms, agriculture, public health, fine arts, culture, and business.

"Nearly all areas of science and research today rely essentially on digital technology and are digitally enabled. And the Internet means that science and research are no longer limited to the borders of one country but are truly international no matter what the areas. Vital to international collaborative digital science and research are the high speed national research and education networks and the essential connections between them," said McRobbie. "The advanced networking partnership between Internet2 and the NKN will enable American and Indian scientists to collaborate in major new ways and use it to drive new growth and research innovations for generations to come. Indeed, it promises to have an enormous impact in a wide range of areas that enhanced the quality of life for people in both of our countries and around the world."

Internet2 President Lambert said, “U.S. higher education leaders are forming a partnership with India’s major academic and government institutions to enable the Internet2 Network and India’s National Knowledge Network to provide major transformation through innovation and support for globally shared research, education, and communications."

During the trip, Internet2 President Lambert, on behalf of the entire Internet2 community, will sign a memorandum of understanding with NKN to establish the partnership between the two organizations. Dr. Rajagopala Chidambaram, principal scientific adviser to the Indian government, will lead a presentation on NKN role in India. In addition, Dr. Sam Pitroda, adviser to the Prime Minister of India, will chair a panel discussion featuring U.S. and Indian university leaders.

U.S. Delegation scheduled to participate:

Dr. Michael A. McRobbie, President, Indiana University

Dr. Satish K. Tripathi, President, University at Buffalo

H. David Lambert, President and CEO, Internet2

Tom Delaney, Vice President for Global Technology & Chief Global Technology Officer, New York University

Heather Stewart, Associate Vice President for Global Technology, New York University

Elias G. Eldayrie, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, University of Florida

Klara Jelinkova, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, University of Chicago

Tripti Sinha, Assistant Vice President and Deputy CIO, Division of Information Technology, Executive Director of Mid-Atlantic Crossroads (MAX), University of Maryland

Scott Studham, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, University of Minnesota

Brad Wheeler, Vice President for Information Technology & CIO, Indiana University

Shawn Reynolds, Associate Vice President for International Partnerships at Indiana University

Michael Dodson, Director, Dhar India Studies Program, Indiana University

Gordon Wishon, Chief Information Officer, Arizona State University

Patton Fast, Chief Technology Officer, University of Minnesota

Himadri B. Pakrasi, Director, International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability (I-CARES), Washington University

Jacqui Montgomery, Research Associate, Pennsylvania State University

Pankaj Shah, Executive Director, OARnet

Stephen Wolff, Chief Technology Officer, Internet2

Rob Vietzke, Vice President, Network Services, Internet2

Ashok Kolaskar, Consultant, Internet2

Edward Moynihan, Global Program Manager, Internet2

About Internet2

Internet2® is a member-owned advanced technology community founded by the nation's leading higher education institutions in 1996. Internet2 provides a collaborative environment for U.S. research and education organizations to solve common technology challenges, and to develop innovative solutions in support of their educational, research, and community service missions.

Internet2 also operates the nation’s largest and fastest, coast-to-coast research and education network, in which the Network Operating Center is powered by Indiana University. Internet2 serves more than 90,000 community anchor institutions, 250 U.S. universities, 70 government agencies, 38 regional and state education networks, 80 leading corporations working with our community and more than 65 national research and education networking partners representing more than 100 countries.

Internet2 offices are located in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Denver, Colo.; Emeryville, Calif.; Washington, D.C.; and West Hartford, Conn. For more information, visit www.internet2.edu or follow @Internet2 on Twitter.

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