India's national technology policy adviser visits Taiwan

India's national technology policy adviser visits Taiwan

Taipei, Aug. 16 (CNA) Three top managers of the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, one of whom is a national technology advisor to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, recently paid a five-day visit to Taiwan, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said Tuesday in a press release.

During their stay, they visited schools and enterprises to promote bilateral cooperation and exchanges in the higher education and industrial sectors, the ministry said.

IIT Bombay Director Devang Khakhar, IIT Bombay Dean (Alumni and Corporate Relations) Ravi Sinha, and IIT Bombay Research Park Director Abhay Krandikar, were invited by the MOE for the Aug. 1-5 visit. It was the first time that Khakhar, an academician of the National Academy of Sciences and a national technology adviser to Modi, had visited Taiwan at the MOE's invitation.

Khakhar enjoys high academic status and is of great influence in his country, the MOE said.

While in Taiwan, the trio visited top-ranked universities, including National Taiwan University, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology and National Tsing Hua University.

They also went to the headquarters of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., the world's largest contract electronics maker, and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world's largest contract chip maker, to discuss possible cooperation plans under which IIT students are encouraged to come to Taiwan for study and work, the MOE said.

At Hon Hai, the business group revealed that from next year, it will offer full scholarships to 60 Indian students each year to pursue master's degrees at National Tsing Hua University and National Chiao Tung University, according to Chen Li-ying, a division chief at the

MOE's Department of International and Cross-Strait Education. Hon Hai said it will offer those with excellent academic performance a job, and it needs talent familiar with the culture and enterprise operations of both Taiwan and India for its factory in the South Asian country, Chen said.

While at TSMC, the IIT Bombay officials displayed great interest in the subject of the IIT's efforts to persuade the chip maker to set up a foundry in India. The two sides showed great expectations of the feasibility of such mutual cooperation, the MOE said.

According to the MOE, there are over 1,000 Indian students in Taiwan. To attract more of them to Taiwan, the authorities are planning to hold an exhibition on Taiwan education in India in September to promote universities here, the ministry said.

The IIT Bombay is one of 23 Indian Institutes of Technology scattered around India. The IITs are among the top engineering institutions in the world.

The institution has one of the lowest acceptance rates amongst similar institutes on the world rankings, with an acceptance rate of just 1 percent, according to Wikipedia. (By Chen Chih-chung and Elizabeth Hsu)

Updated : 2021-01-22 09:02 GMT+08:00