Interaction between young people of India and Russia, especially schoolchildren, would perhaps be the “most important addition” to the “unprecedented level” of bilateral ties and serve as a basis for a long-term cooperation, Russian President Vladimir Putin said here on Friday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Mr. Putin interacted with young talent drawn from India’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) and Russia’s SIRIUS educational centre.
Mr. Modi, in his remarks, urged the youth of both countries to work on innovation to improve the life of the poor and the needy.
A MoU was also signed between AIM and SIRIUS to further their cooperation.
“With cooperation of your counterparts, I am sure the interaction between young people, especially between schoolchildren, would be a great addition, and perhaps the most important addition, to the unprecedented level of India and Russia relations that we see these days,” Mr. Putin said. Mr. Modi expressed his delight in meeting students of both countries, and pitched for having sustained exchange programmes.
“This [Russian students’ visit to India] should be taken forward. Indian students should visit Russian institutions, and more and more such exchanges should take place. Indian and Russian students together must think what can they do to make lives simpler for people, especially the poorest, to improve their way of living,” he said. The Prime Minister also asserted that every generation must have a “scientific temper,” whether a person turns into a scientist or not.
“Without innovation, (the development) of the world will come to a standstill,” he said.
During the interaction, the two leaders also took a few questions from both Russian and Indian students, on subjects such as value of teachers, scientists and areas of research.
Mr. Putin said one student asked about the areas of research to work on.
“One area is artificial intelligence. But without human intelligence, at least at this stage, it is impossible to fathom that an AI would be created. In order to continue with that, those who deal with cognitive sciences understand that the main thing is to work as a part of a team.”