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IU and Internet2 presidents lead U.S. delegation to establish partnership with leaders in India

Global partnership aims to improve higher education, agriculture, public health, fine arts, culture, business, technology and Internet freedoms

  • March 19, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Indiana University President 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 and 21 to establish a major partnership with the National Knowledge Network, 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," said McRobbie, who is chair of the Internet2 board. "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.

"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."

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, Lambert, on behalf of the entire Internet2 community, will sign a memorandum of understanding with the National Knowledge Network to establish the partnership between the two organizations. Rajagopala Chidambaram, principal scientific adviser to the Indian government, will lead a presentation on NKN's role in India. In addition, Sam Pitroda, adviser to the prime minister of India, will chair a panel discussion featuring U.S. and Indian university leaders.

U.S. delegation members scheduled to participate include:

  • Michael A. McRobbie, president, Indiana University
  • Satish K. Tripathi, president, University at Buffalo
  • H. David Lambert, president and CEO, Internet2
  • Tom Delaney, vice president for global technology and 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 CIO, University of Chicago
  • Tripti Sinha, assistant vice president and deputy CIO, Division of Information Technology, executive director of Mid-Atlantic Crossroads, University of Maryland
  • Scott Studham, vice president and CIO, University of Minnesota
  • Brad Wheeler, vice president for information technology and 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, CIO, Arizona State University
  • Patton Fast, chief technology officer, University of Minnesota
  • Himadri B. Pakrasi, director, International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability, 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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