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"We cannot impact the medical education here because it is different from the American pattern but we can share ideas
on hospital management," he said. Citing an African example, he said the collaboration between UCSD and IIT-Kharagpur
would be a win-win situation for both. "I created a campus in Rwanda. This was way before UCSD, but now we (UCSD)
have an interest in building stronger relations with Africa," Khosla said, adding that based on his experience here, he
would work out a roadmap for other parts of the country.
Khosla, who graduated in 1980 from IIT-Kharagpur's electrical engineering stream, left India in 1982 for an MS and Ph.D.
from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and pursued a distinguished career in robotics and cyber
security. An elected fellow of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Society for Engineering Education,
he has been feted for contributions to leadership, education and research. He said that earlier, whenever he had spoken
to Indian government officials about some concepts that could be introduced here, the bureaucracy got in the way.
"Whenever I used to talk to somebody about an idea, I was told this was not in the Five-Year Plan or this was in the plan
but was not executed well. I don't know... somehow there was this bureaucracy out there that was a parallel
bureaucracy to the Prime Minister's office and parliament," said the Honorary Fellow of the Indian Academy of Science.
In this context, he noted that the burial of the Planning Commission would usher in a brand new way of thinking and
speed up new ventures in India.
"I think you will see now a brand new thinking and I feel very positive about what I see here. Things will become
faster...new ideas, new people," he said. Khosla also pointed out the government needs to step up on helping scientists
to get most out of their research and innovation. This would encourage scientists to stay back in India and also make
money. "They should see that whatever's going on (scientific research) has an easy path to commercialization. It would
encourage them to stay back and also give them a chance to make some money and create opportunities which are
beyond working for large multinationals. "So right now you have to work for large multinationals. The government
should frame new policy to encourage entrepreneurial activity that would expand research," Khosla said. UCSD is one of
America's Public Ivy universities, which refers to top establishments that provide Ivy League educational experience at a
public school price.
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AND OPPORTUNITIES’
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“There is a clear need for discovering new and emerging opportunities in order to boost the
bilateral trade and investments between India and the US,” says Asoke K Laha, President of Indo-American Chamber of
Commerce in an exclusive interaction with Faiz Askari of SMEStreet.
With 40 years of professional experience in software industry, Mr. Laha, is the Founder, President and Chief Executive
Officer of Interra Information Technologies. After taking the responsibilities of president of the chamber, Mr Laha shared an
overview about India-US business relations and priorities ahead.