India-USA Foundation for Industrial Technology Collaboration Launches Global Reach Through a Local Touch

Apr 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from OAI

    CLEVELAND, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- On February 7, 2001, a group of
 delegates from OAI, TRW and TIMKEN were in New Delhi, India to launch the
 India-USA Foundation, whose purpose is to foster technology collaboration
 among companies, universities and government laboratories in the United States
 and India. The Foundation, also involves CAMP, Inc., The Ohio State University
 and The Ohio Department of Development. Formerly known as the Ohio-India
 Collaboration, this endeavor began in 1998 and will complement and supplement
 the technological needs of India and the United States by developing a
 critical mass of skilled human resources. The Foundation will be headquartered
 at the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) in New Delhi. The web
 site for the Foundation is: www.oai.org/India .
     On-hand for this event, held at the PHD Chamber of Commerce, were several
 business leaders, educators and officials from state governments in India as
 well as US Ambassador to India, Richard Celeste, former-Ohio Governor. These
 representatives gathered to discuss the mission, objectives and goals of the
 India-USA Foundation and to kick-off the collaborative teams. Giving the
 opening remarks on behalf of India was Sushil Ansal, President of the PHDCCI
 and Chairman of Ansal Properties, Ltd., while Michael J. Salkind, OAI
 President, gave an overview on behalf of the US.
     Ambassador Celeste had this to say about the India-USA Foundation's
 efforts: "I'm here today to see something more far-reaching nurtured by folks
 on both sides of the world. Something that cannot be achieved by one entity
 alone but through the wit and wisdom of many who can knit together a seamless
 fabric of knowledge management into the marketplace to be successful wherever
 both parties do business." Celeste added, "The format for this collaborative
 effort is a tremendous step forward and the work will pay dividends to both
 sides very quickly. I plan to return to India in my next life and I assure you
 that when I do, I will find some exciting achievements will have been made on
 the part of this Foundation."
     The overall mission of this effort is two-fold. First, to achieve
 excellence in adapting technology for economic benefit and promoting
 sustainable developments through a multi-disciplinary partnership approach
 among the businesses of India and the US. Secondly, to establish a
 collaborative mechanism for pro-active interface among industry, academia and
 governments of both India and the US. By promoting and encouraging industry-
 driven collaboration, and harnessing technology to meet specific market-driven
 needs for large, medium and small businesses, this Foundation will focus on
 several specialty areas.
     The initial teams established will focus on:
 
     1) Manufacturing/Automotive Industry: to globally source and bring
        together suppliers and designers from automotive sectors;
     2) Food Processing (Including beer industry): to reduce waste and consumer
        sustainables;
     3) Energy: to develop fuel-efficiency with less pollution and dual fuel
        systems;
     4) Infrastructure: to address roads, communications, water and waste
        disposal;
     5) IT (Information Technology) Enable Services: to develop a model for
        e-governance that the India-USA Partnership, State of Ohio and other
        states could partner with;
     6) Bio-Technology (Agro, Industrial and Pharmaceutical): to reduce usage
        of bio-insecticides, pesticides, fertilizers and chemicals;
     7) Human Resource Development, Education, Training and Distance Learning:
        to integrate partnerships among industry and educational institutions
        for broad lifelong learning.
 
     "We're all here because of Ambassador Celeste's grassroots activities
 within Ohio to foster an environment of technology collaboration," stated Dr.
 Salkind. "The result of our visit to India, one year ago this month, has begun
 with a nucleus of at least 7 different collaborative teams in many critical
 research areas," he added. "I want to personally thank Ambassador Celeste for
 being 'the muse' in the creation of the India-USA Foundation and having
 brought us here together in what promises to be a very important endeavor for
 our future." Also in attendance at the opening ceremony for the India-USA
 Foundation was Deepak Pahwa, Past PHDCCI President and President of BRY-Air,
 Ltd., Phil A. Spanninger, Vice President of International TRW Operations,
 Overseas; U. Muralidharan, General Manager for Timken Engineering and Research
 in India, and Dr. Sulekh Jain, Project Manager at OAI, and Head of the Ohio-
 India Collaboration.
 
 

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    CLEVELAND, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- On February 7, 2001, a group of
 delegates from OAI, TRW and TIMKEN were in New Delhi, India to launch the
 India-USA Foundation, whose purpose is to foster technology collaboration
 among companies, universities and government laboratories in the United States
 and India. The Foundation, also involves CAMP, Inc., The Ohio State University
 and The Ohio Department of Development. Formerly known as the Ohio-India
 Collaboration, this endeavor began in 1998 and will complement and supplement
 the technological needs of India and the United States by developing a
 critical mass of skilled human resources. The Foundation will be headquartered
 at the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) in New Delhi. The web
 site for the Foundation is: www.oai.org/India .
     On-hand for this event, held at the PHD Chamber of Commerce, were several
 business leaders, educators and officials from state governments in India as
 well as US Ambassador to India, Richard Celeste, former-Ohio Governor. These
 representatives gathered to discuss the mission, objectives and goals of the
 India-USA Foundation and to kick-off the collaborative teams. Giving the
 opening remarks on behalf of India was Sushil Ansal, President of the PHDCCI
 and Chairman of Ansal Properties, Ltd., while Michael J. Salkind, OAI
 President, gave an overview on behalf of the US.
     Ambassador Celeste had this to say about the India-USA Foundation's
 efforts: "I'm here today to see something more far-reaching nurtured by folks
 on both sides of the world. Something that cannot be achieved by one entity
 alone but through the wit and wisdom of many who can knit together a seamless
 fabric of knowledge management into the marketplace to be successful wherever
 both parties do business." Celeste added, "The format for this collaborative
 effort is a tremendous step forward and the work will pay dividends to both
 sides very quickly. I plan to return to India in my next life and I assure you
 that when I do, I will find some exciting achievements will have been made on
 the part of this Foundation."
     The overall mission of this effort is two-fold. First, to achieve
 excellence in adapting technology for economic benefit and promoting
 sustainable developments through a multi-disciplinary partnership approach
 among the businesses of India and the US. Secondly, to establish a
 collaborative mechanism for pro-active interface among industry, academia and
 governments of both India and the US. By promoting and encouraging industry-
 driven collaboration, and harnessing technology to meet specific market-driven
 needs for large, medium and small businesses, this Foundation will focus on
 several specialty areas.
     The initial teams established will focus on:
 
     1) Manufacturing/Automotive Industry: to globally source and bring
        together suppliers and designers from automotive sectors;
     2) Food Processing (Including beer industry): to reduce waste and consumer
        sustainables;
     3) Energy: to develop fuel-efficiency with less pollution and dual fuel
        systems;
     4) Infrastructure: to address roads, communications, water and waste
        disposal;
     5) IT (Information Technology) Enable Services: to develop a model for
        e-governance that the India-USA Partnership, State of Ohio and other
        states could partner with;
     6) Bio-Technology (Agro, Industrial and Pharmaceutical): to reduce usage
        of bio-insecticides, pesticides, fertilizers and chemicals;
     7) Human Resource Development, Education, Training and Distance Learning:
        to integrate partnerships among industry and educational institutions
        for broad lifelong learning.
 
     "We're all here because of Ambassador Celeste's grassroots activities
 within Ohio to foster an environment of technology collaboration," stated Dr.
 Salkind. "The result of our visit to India, one year ago this month, has begun
 with a nucleus of at least 7 different collaborative teams in many critical
 research areas," he added. "I want to personally thank Ambassador Celeste for
 being 'the muse' in the creation of the India-USA Foundation and having
 brought us here together in what promises to be a very important endeavor for
 our future." Also in attendance at the opening ceremony for the India-USA
 Foundation was Deepak Pahwa, Past PHDCCI President and President of BRY-Air,
 Ltd., Phil A. Spanninger, Vice President of International TRW Operations,
 Overseas; U. Muralidharan, General Manager for Timken Engineering and Research
 in India, and Dr. Sulekh Jain, Project Manager at OAI, and Head of the Ohio-
 India Collaboration.
 
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