Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Visits National Science Foundation In Washington


Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited the NSF Headquarters. Sitharaman was in the US capital to attend the annual meetings of the IMF and the World Bank.

Washington: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited the National Science Foundation (NSF) Headquarters here. During this, he was given presentations on major issues such as public messaging in times of health crisis, astronomy, artificial intelligence (AI) for robotics. Sitharaman was in the US capital to attend the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.

He began his six-day visit last Monday with talks with the think-tank community at the Brookings Institute. During her visit to the NSF on Sunday, Sitharaman was given digital presentations by eminent professors on astronomy, public messages during the COVID-19 health crisis, AI for robotics, agriculture and environmental sustainability.

Dr. Katherine Baumann, the lead researcher for the breakthrough discovery of ‘black holes’, Nobel laureate and MIT professor of economics Abhijit Banerjee, ‘Earth Sense’ co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Dr Girish Choudhary made presentations. NSF Director Dr Sethuraman Panchanathan briefed Sitharaman about the foundation’s work and took her to visit the NSF gallery.

Panchanathan said, “NSF is proud of the partnerships that India and the US have fostered over the years to advance society. Global collaboration has driven amazing things from capturing the first image of a black hole on camera to battling a pandemic. Sitharaman left for India late in the evening.

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