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Sep 5 – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang Monday evening, underscoring NVIDIA’s developing ties with the global technological leader.
The meeting at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg, the Prime Minister’s official residence in New Delhi, comes as Modi prepares to host a conference of international leaders from the G20 group, including US President Joe Biden, later this week.
“Had an excellent meeting with Mr. Jensen Huang, the CEO of NVIDIA,” Modi said in a social media post. “We talked at length about the rich potential India offers in the world of AI.”
This is Modi and Huang’s second encounter, and it highlights NVIDIA’s importance in the country’s rapidly rising technology economy.
The meeting with Modi comes just a week after India became the first nation to successfully land on the Moon’s south pole, demonstrating the world’s largest democracy’s rising technological prowess.
Following his meeting with Modi, Huang hosted an informal dinner with several dozen scholars from global science and technological powerhouses such as the Indian Institute of Science and the several campuses of the Indian Institute of technological.
The attendees were a broad group of some of the brightest minds in subjects as diverse as massive language models, astronomy, medicine, quantum computing, and natural language processing.
The evening’s conversations spanned from the use of technology to overcome language hurdles, boost agricultural yields, bridge gaps in health care services, and alter digital economies — as well as addressing some of our time’s big scientific concerns.
NVIDIA launched operations in India nearly two decades ago in Bangalore in 2004. India now has four engineering development centres — in Gurugram, Hyderabad, Pune, and Bengaluru — and there are over 3,800 NVIDIANs in the country.
Furthermore, NVIDIA’s developer programme has around 320,000 India-based developers. In India, NVIDIA’s CUDA parallel programming platform is downloaded approximately 40,000 times each month, and NVIDIA estimates that there are 60,000 experienced CUDA developers.
This expansion comes as the Indian government continues to invest in the country’s information technology infrastructure.
A compute grid, for example, is set to connect 20 towns across the country soon, allowing academics and scientists to interact and share data and computing resources more efficiently.
This endeavour, in turn, promises to aid India’s ambitious development aspirations in the coming years.
Modi has set 2030 as the deadline for India to become the world’s third-largest economy. It is now the fifth largest.
And Modi has set a goal of joining the ranks of industrialised economies by 2047, the hundredth anniversary of India’s independence.