Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has described the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) project as a great example of India-US scientific collaboration and said the success of the same could well inspire an entire young generation of Indian scientists. He has also urged Indian scientists at the LIGO project to visit Indian universities and interact with the students to the maximum extent possible.
Importantly, on March 31, India and the US signed an MoU for setting up a new LIGO in India that will play a crucial role in boosting research on various aspects of gravitational wave astronomy.
"Insightful interaction with scientists from LIGO, including 3 young Indian scientists who worked on LIGO project," tweeted Prime Minister Modi, who met a team of scientists from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory in Washington DC.
The team, which was led by the Director of the National Science Foundation Dr. France Cordova, included three young Indian scientists who have worked on the LIGO project. Ms. Nancy Aggarwal, one of the three Indian scientists who is part of the project who met the Indian PM Modi at the event, said the Prime Minister was very optimistic about the project and sought ways in which it can be further boost science and science education in the country.