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April 7, 2006

UI Vice President For Research To Host Indian Delegation April 10

The University of Iowa Office of the Vice President for Research will host a campus visit by a delegation from the Indian Ministry of Science & Technology and Ocean Development on Monday, April 10.

UI Vice President for Research Dr. Meredith Hay, who was a member of Gov. Tom Vilsack's delegation from Iowa that visited India over spring break, said that the ministry's visit is part of a continuing effort to bring the leaders of Indian government and industry closer to the university and the state of Iowa.

"India is universally recognized as having one of the world's fastest-growing economies, with much of the growth based upon technology and the sciences," Hay says. "Similarly, Iowa is poised to grow. By meeting with one another and sharing information, India and Iowa will be better positioned for potential cooperative enterprises that will contribute to their mutual growth and development."

Following a breakfast reception in Des Moines hosted by Gov. Vilsack, the delegation will arrive in Iowa City for a luncheon program and welcome by Dr. Hay and UI President Dr. David Skorton at the Levitt Center for Advancement. Faculty researchers from all three Iowa Regents' institutions will speak to the delegation including Mani Subramanian of the University of Iowa, Mirsa Manjit of Iowa State University and Joel Haack of the University of Northern Iowa. The campus tour will include a visit to the Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing.

Led by Mr. Kapil Sibal, Minister for Science & Technology and Ocean Development, Government of India, the delegation includes: Mrs. Promila Sibal, wife of the Honorable Minister Sibal; Dr. M.K. Bhan, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology;

Mr. Y.P. Kumar, Adviser and Head, International Division, Department of Science & Technology; Dr. B.K. Jain, Adviser, Department of Science & Technology; Mr. U.N. Behera, Joint Secretary, Department of Biotechnology; Mr. Avinash Dikshit, Private Secretary to the Minister; Mr. Rajiv Jai, Officer on Special Duty to the Minister; Mr. Arun Kumar, Consul General, Consulate General of India, Chicago; and Dr. K.K. Dwivedi, Counselor (Science & Technology), Embassy of India, Washington, D.C.

Prior to assuming his current post in January 2006, Mr. Sibal was elected to the Indian Upper House of Parliament, the Rajya Sabha, in July 1998. In 2004, he was elected to the Lower House of the Indian Parliament, the Lok Sabha, from the historic 500-year-old Chandni Chowk constituency of Delhi. He also served as India's Minister of State, with independent charge of the Science & Technology and Ocean Development portfolio. He is the leading lawyer in the Supreme Court of India and the recognized authority on constitutional law, having been involved in almost all the Court's landmark cases over the last 20 years. He was elected president of the Supreme Court Bar Association in 1995 and again in 1997. He has also worked for the Human Rights Commission as a member of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions.

The April 10 UI campus visit will also include participants from the Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED): Ms. Kathy Hill, manager, International Office, Marketing Manager-Asia/Pacific Region; and Mr. Dick Vegors, Marketing Manager-Grains, Co & By Products.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Gary Galluzzo, 319-384-0009, gary-galluzzo@uiowa.edu