PM Modi highlights the steps taken by India to promote education, skilling, and innovation

In a noteworthy development aimed at enhancing the bond between the two nations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US First Lady Jill Biden participated in an event titled 'India and USA: Skilling for Future' at the National Science Centre in Washington DC. The event underscored the importance of workforce redevelopment across higher education institutions, aiming to expand and enhance access to quality education across society.

PM Modi highlighted the numerous steps taken by India to promote education, skilling, and innovation. He appreciated ongoing bilateral academic exchanges, and collaborations between Indian and US academic and research ecosystems.

Significantly, Prime Minister Modi presented a 5-point proposal for energising India-USA collaboration in education and research sector:

  • Integrated approach bringing together government, industry and academia

  • Encouraging exchange of Teachers & Students: This initiative aims to facilitate the exchange of knowledge, expertise, and cultural understanding, thereby enriching the educational experiences of both Indian and American students and teachers.

  • Organising Hackathons on various subjects between the two countries: Hackathons, which are intensive collaborative events, promote innovation, problem-solving, and creative thinking. By organizing such hackathons, India and the United States can leverage the collective intellectual prowess of their students and researchers to tackle complex challenges and foster breakthrough innovations.

  • Mutual recognition of vocational skills qualifications: This aspect aimed to facilitate the mobility of skilled professionals between the two countries by ensuring that their vocational qualifications were acknowledged and valued in both India and the United States. This recognition would enhance employment prospects and promote a global exchange of expertise in vocational fields.

  • Encouraging visits of people associated with education and research: By facilitating visits, conferences, and collaborations between institutions, researchers, and educators from India and the United States, the proposal aimed to foster greater cross-pollination of ideas, knowledge-sharing, and collaborative research efforts.

Prime Minister Modi’s proposals were presented to notable figures such as the President of Northern Virginia Community College, the President of the Association of American Universities, the President and CEO of Micron Technology, and students from both countries. Their presence underscored the importance of the education and research sectors and their potential to drive bilateral collaboration, innovation, and societal progress.


In a series of high-profile meetings, PM Modi also met with President and CEO of Applied CEO of General Electric (GE), Materials Gary E Dickerson and H Lawrence Culp, Jr., in Washington DC.

During his meeting with Dickerson, PM Modi invited Applied Materials to contribute to strengthening the semiconductor ecosystem in India and to develop process technology and advanced packaging capabilities. They also discussed the potential of Applied Materials’ collaboration with academic institutions in India to create a skilled workforce.

In his tweet on June 22, 2023, PM Modi mentioned his productive discussions with Culp. They discussed GE’s greater technology collaboration to promote manufacturing in India. PM Modi appreciated GE for its long-term commitment to manufacturing in India and invited the company to play a greater role in the aviation and renewable energy sector in India.

On June 21, PM Modi met with Mr. Sanjay Mehrotra, CEO of Micron, and invited Micron Technology to boost semiconductor manufacturing in India. He noted that India can provide competitive advantages in various parts of the semiconductor supply chain. In a tweet, PM Modi mentioned his meeting with Mehrotra, discussing the opportunities pertaining to manufacturing of semiconductors in India.