I made three trip to India, mainly to meet then Gujarat CM Shri Narendra Modi (2008, 2009, and 2011), mainly to share my thoughts on the need for research driven education and innovation. Each time, he gave around one hour for me to meet one-on-one or with a small group. This presentation was given during the second meeting in the series. Associated position paper is here: http://knoesis.wright.edu/library/download/GlobalGujaratDiaspora-Sheth-Extended.pdf
Information on the first presentation/meeting in 2008 is here: http://knoesis.org/library/resource.php?id=00215
Here is a photo taken at that occasion:
(Shri Modi, with my father, Prof. Pravin Sheth, and Prof. Sanjay Chaudhary).
Abstract for this talk/position paper:
This white paper distills the deliberations on the role of higher education and research as a key enabler of a Knowledge based Society. In particular it discusses (a) the importance of higher quality PhDs for building a knowledge society, (b) the initiatives and progress in competing economies in higher education and research, (c) where Gujarat stands in comparison, and (d) some recommendations on what Gujarat can do to enable timely progress towards building a knowledge based society and economy. These deliberations were conducted in conjunction with the International Conference on 'Reconnecting Gujarati Diaspora with its Homeland: Contribution to its Development with focus on Building a Knowledge Society' (January 17-19, 2009, Patan) at presented to the CM Shri. Narendrabhai Desai at the Round Table on 'Regulatory & Policy Reform for Higher Education in Gujarat' (January 18, 2009, Gandhinagar).