Strong ties between people behind the strength of ties between India and the United States: FS Shringla

NEW DELHI: Cross-fertilization of ideas between the people of India and the United States has been the heart and soul of the growing relations between the two great nations, the Foreign Secretary said on Sunday.

The newly appointed Foreign Secretary also said that the strength and resistance of Indo-American relations comes from strong ties between people.

Shringla, who was India's ambassador to the United States before taking office of the new responsibility, spoke at a ceremony to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the prestigious Fulbright scholarship program in India.

The strength and resistance of relations between India and the United States derive from the ties between the people of our two countries. Our respective citizens embody the shared values ​​of democracy, diversity, creativity and entrepreneurship, the characteristics that define our two great nations. He said in the presence of the American envoy Kenneth I Juster.

Shringla said that the natural partnership between India and the United States has been an article of faith for people who have been the driving force in deepening ties.

Academic exchanges and cross-fertilization of ideas represent not only some of our old ties, but also the heart and soul of our ties. Sanskrit was also taught at Harvard University in the 18th century, fueling curiosity about the past, he said.

Shringla said the United States has been the most favored foreign destination for Indians. students seeking higher education and that more than 200,000 of them are now working in that country.

"Over 200,000 Indian students work in the US. They represent one-fifth of all international students in the US. As per latest data of department of Commerce of the US government, they contributed $8.1 billion dollars to the US economy in 2018," he said.

The Foreign Secretary also spoke about the announcement in the Union Budget on foreign direct investment in the education sector, and said it will provide greater collaboration between Indian and American universities.

In the Fulbright program, he said he supported more than 20,000 academics in India over the past seven decades.

In his speech, Juster said: The relationship between the United States and India is growing rapidly. As I have said many times, I believe that the basis of our association is our ties from person to person.

The Fulbright-Nehru program is a perfect example of the impact our peoples have when they learn from each other and work together, said Juster.

The event was also attended by the Assistant Secretary of State of the United States for Educational and Cultural Affairs, Marie Royce.

The Fulbright program was created by Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946 with the goal of increasing mutual understanding among the people of the United States. UU. And people from other countries.

For more than 70 years, Fulbright has provided opportunities to some 390,000 American and international scholars and students , according to the US embassy here.

On July 4, 2008, the US UU. And India signed a new historic Fulbright that made India a full partner in the governance and financing of the program. Following the new agreement, the Fulbright-Nehru program has tripled in size.